My Approach to Helping
I understand how intimidating and overwhelming it can be to walk in and "bare your soul" to a stranger. It is my belief that in order to get what you need from your therapy experience you need to feel a connection with the therapist you are seeing. This is crucial to a positive therapy experience. I believe in meeting people where they are at and that by doing so, I am empowering them to guide their own healing and recovery.
My areas of focus include perinatal mood and anxiety struggles (pregnancy, post-partum), anxiety, depression, mood issues, suicidal ideation, self-injurious behaviors, self-esteem issues, stress management, life transitions, relationship issues, family of origin issues, parenting skills, women's issues, and chronic medical conditions. I work with individual adults and teens 16 years and older.
My approach to therapy is from an interpersonal process-oriented perspective that is centered around helping clients feel respected, valued, and understood. My work is enhanced by my ability to have healthy but not rigid boundaries as well as a sense of humor. I am able to go deep if you want to go deep, focus on “the here and now” as well as the “there and then,” and I am willing to give homework if you would like some.
I particularly love working with expecting or new moms or dads, parents with young children, and young adults experiencing the many life transitions and stressors of becoming an adult. As a mom myself, I know the real struggles that can come along with surviving anxiety and depression during the perinatal and postpartum period as well as the transition and lifelong impact of having children. I am trained in Maternal Mental Health through 2020 Moms and Postpartum Support International.