My Approach to Helping
I love to walk alongside people as they make discoveries, heal, and grow. I say “walk alongside” because I believe therapy is a collaborative process where you feel understood and our shared insights light the way. Together, we will examine the areas of your life or relationships that are causing distress or uncertainty, cultivate awareness and coping skills, and move toward change as needed.
I work from an integrative approach that incorporates elements of humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. I may also weave in mindfulness and somatic work to help you learn to pause, observe, and use the mind-body connection as a resource. My overall style is warm, genuine, nonjudgmental, and hopeful.
More Info About My Practice
I am currently offering teletherapy sessions until it is safe to return to in-person. I offer a free, no-obligation 20-minute phone consultation so we can chat and see if we feel like a good fit.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
If you're feeling hesitant about going to therapy, either because you've had a negative therapy experience in the past or because you've never been to therapy and don't know what to expect, I understand. It can be difficult to reach out for support, not to mention find a therapist you really "click" with, which is so important. It can take time to find the right therapist, so if you've felt a mismatch in the past, you're definitely not alone. And if you're worried about how you might feel talking about difficult topics in therapy, that's perfectly normal. Therapy can bring up big emotions at times, and I'm here to support you through all of them, whether they be sadness, anger, anxiety, or guilt (to name just a few) or joy, hope, and relief. Finally, I want you to know that you always have choices in therapy; therapy is for you, and your goals, pace, and comfort will always be recognized and respected.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Many people wait years to reach out to a therapist, if they do at all, worried about what it will mean or say about them if they decide to go to therapy. The first thing I want to say is that I get it. While the stigma around mental health and therapy has come a long way, negative messaging and opinions are still out there, and you might have even heard them from family or friends. The reality is that going to therapy does not mean that something is "wrong" with you, or that you're weak. It actually takes a lot of strength, courage, and wisdom to recognize when you need some support and to seek it out. These are all great qualities that will serve you well throughout the therapeutic process. As far the idea that going to therapy suggests you are "flawed," this could not be further from the truth. In fact, therapy can help to address this common concern as you begin to distinguish who you are from your "problems" and explore new possibilities for how to view and care for yourself. I'd be very happy to support you in this work.