My Approach to Helping
As a person and a therapist, I believe that we all have a desire to move toward growth, connection, and balance. My approach to therapy with youth, individual adults, couples, and families is collaborative, strength-based, and is personalized to address your specific goals & concerns. I use a variety of techniques, including art therapy - which uses art making activities to set the stage for creative solutions, clarity, insight, and change (especially when words fall short). In family and couples' work, I am to encourage mutual understanding, increased connection, and specific tools to address core issues.
More Info About My Practice
I offer a 30-minute complimentary new client consultation.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
The most common issues I deal with in my practice are anxiety, depression, trauma reactions & PTSD, grief and loss, ADHD, teen issues, self-harming behavior, suicidal thoughts and behavior, behavioral problems in children, unhelpful thinking patterns, family conflict, difficulty in relationships, pre-marital counseling, couple conflict and distance.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have training in working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, as well as experience working with a wide spectrum of people across the lifespan. I practice cultural awareness and sensitivity. I believe connecting with the values, beliefs, and the stories of my clients pushes me to be more thoughtful in the support and assistance I provide.
My Role as a Therapist
I see my role as a therapist as an active, nonjudgmental facilitator, supporter, and mirror. I strongly believe that we have an innate desire and ability to move towards health and balance. I aim to help my clients declutter and unpack troublesome experiences, brainstorm solutions, and support each person in finding their own meaning and direction in life. As a family therapist, my role is to support each individual as an important contributor, balance differing perspectives, and offer tools for greater understanding, boundaries, and deeper connection between loved ones.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
My own life experience has made a sizable impression on who I am and how I practice therapy. These struggles been a reminder of how difficult it is to move through life with sadness, anger, and confusion in your heart and head. Additionally, how important the open and unbending support from others is and the importance of opening one's self to help (and that it's hard!). I have learned how meaningful it is to have someone's complete attention and presence during a time of crisis or ongoing grief. I better understand the need to go at your own pace and how this process is different for everyone. My own struggles have made me a more open therapist, a therapist that is thoughtful about the importance pacing, connection, presence, non-judgment, humanness, transparency, and support. A therapist that values the process, knows the discomfort, and believes whole heartedly that it is within our power - as people - to heal, recover from seemingly endless overwhelming feelings, and be okay.