My Approach to Helping
We will work collaboratively together to help you become the best version of yourself. We will work together to uncover your unique strengths and how we can use them to get you on a path towards success. I believe that with willingness and active participation, all clients have the potential to learn and use skills to shape behaviors to make the their desired changes in life. I also believe in a solution-focused approach and target my therapeutic interventions to be goal-directed and future-oriented.
I specialize in working with teens and adults. I use evidence-based treatment methods, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). I also believe in a solution-focused approach and target my therapeutic interventions to be goal-directed and future-oriented. In addition, I like to focus on and address your current symptoms that interfere with living your best life.
More Info About My Practice
I have been practicing for nearly a decade. I have a range of experiences working with clients from preschool age to elders, with a particular focus with adolescents and adults.
I completed my undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!), where I was a member of the women’s soccer team. My educational pursuits then took me to Los Angeles where I attended Pepperdine University for my master’s degree and worked with children on the autism spectrum (including developmental delays). Through this experience I was trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and provided services in schools and home-based care.
In an attempt to experience another part of the country, I chose to attend William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) nearby Boston, MA, for my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. One of my goals was to have diverse training experiences and continue my education in an academically-focused city like Boston. I completed externships and internships in community mental health, college counseling, and substance abuse residential and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). Throughout my schooling, I worked as project manager and counselor for a mental health resource and referral helpline connecting individuals and families to mental health services all over Massachusetts.
My final internship led me to the midwest where I was able to live in Chicago and work in one of the most underserved areas of Northwest Indiana. I was able to hone my psychological assessment skills as well as rotations in IOP substance abuse and inpatient hospitalizations.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
What is the main reason you are looking for a therapist? Sometimes we have experienced anxiety or depression for awhile and were managing it just fine on our own and then something happened and it became harder and harder to deal with on our own. Other times, something major or life changing happens and you are looking for support to cope with something you?ve never had to deal with before. Either way, you made the tough and scary decision to start looking for a therapist. This is so important to know what you are needing help with so you can find someone with that area of expertise.