My Approach to Helping
Change is possible and I truly believe that you possess the ability to change. If you are new to therapy, or returning to therapy, I welcome the opportunity to assist you in creating the change you seek. It is my goal to gain an understanding about you from your perspective, help you gain insight into areas where you might be stuck or experiencing difficulty, and empower you to make change. My clients find that I am compassionate, easy to talk to, open-minded and focused on finding short and long term solutions.
More Info About My Practice
I love working with individuals on a variety of issues and from lots of different walks of life. My background lends itself to experience with adolescents, families, women's issues (including postpartum depression and parenting issues), and life transitions.
Outside of my social work practice I believe in the importance of taking care of myself emotionally, physically and spiritually. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, running, hiking, yoga, reading, photography (taking pictures with my iPhone!) and finding new ways to make my daughters laugh.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
My story of postpartum anxiety:
After the birth of my first daughter, things were great. I was off for maternity leave, and because I worked in the schools, my leave was extended through the summer. When I went back to work, my daughter was 5 months old - I was so lucky! Those first weeks back were tough, but everyone told me it would get better, it would get easier. But here's the thing, it didn't.
Each morning when I left my home, I told myself that the day would be different. I hugged my daughter and walked out the door. At the time, I had a 40 minute commute to work, and without fail, each and everyday my anxiety would gradually increase the closer I got to work - chest tightening, negative thinking patterns, intrusive thoughts - the whole nine yards. On the best days, I was able to fight through the tightness in my chest and get through the day, but on my bad days I was crying as I pulled into the parking lot and had to get myself together before walking into the building. On my worst day, I barely made it to my office before sliding to the floor in a heap of tears and shaking uncontrollably.
Remember, I'm a social worker, so I know all about mental health. It's different when it's happening to you! Here's the thing I didn't know at the time, postpartum depression and anxiety can start ANYTIME during the first year postpartum. By this time my daughter was 9 months (I'd fought my worsening anxiety alone for 4 months) and I finally reached out to a therapist who helped me understand what was happening to me and helped me figure out how to get my life back.
My experience with postpartum anxiety is one of the things that has fed my passion for working with women during the perinatal period (pregnancy and postpartum) as well as parenting. Thank you for letting me share my story with you.
What Makes up a Problem?
A problem is something that you see as an issue. Regardless of whether or not you think it "should" be a problem or other people think it "should" be a problem, if it feels like a problem to you, then let's talk about it and see if we can come to a resolution.