My Approach to Helping
We all have unique reasons for seeking therapy. I aim to provide you with the space to not only explore the origins of your problems and fears, but also the room to discover & facilitate new growth. I offer my clients empathy, support and transparency. I am passionate about working with queer folks, working professionals, creatives, professional caretakers and contemporary couples in their 20's, 30's & 40's as they juggle the stress and demands of life.
My clinical focus pertains to helping my clients combat anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA-related issues, stress, grief & trauma in a safe environment while simultaneously increasing awareness, confidence and emotional intelligence through individual and couples work. I'm trained in the Gottman method & am a Prepare-Enrich certified facilitator for couples work.
While I hold genuine empathy for all of my clients, I’m not afraid to offer you transparency and the occasionally necessary dose of reality. I’m here to be authentic with you and sometimes that means calling you out and holding you accountable in a way that facilitates growth.
I currently have availability on Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings & Friday Afternoons. Call today to schedule your complimentary 15-minute phone consultation.
More Info About My Practice
I practice at Space Between Counseling Services which is conveniently located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore. Our office is just steps away from the light rail, and offers ample free & metered parking, so it is convenient for those accessing public and private transportation.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Throughout my experience in the therapist's seat, I have clinically focused on modern couples work for pre-marital pre-committed and established couples. In addition to completing the Gottman Method Level One Couples Therapy training, I am also a Prepare-Enrich certified provider. I have received detailed supervisor and mentorship through my clinical supervisor, Susan Stork, LCPC who is an experienced level II PACT clinician. I firmly believe that connection is a vital part of our lives. Regardless of the cliche stigmas that tell us to "work on ourselves before we can get into a relationship", I believe that the most growth is facilitated through our initmate relationships. I am trained to assist couples in moving towards the development and maintenance of secure attachment and effective communication.
Additionally, I am passionate about & skilled in working with individuals who identify under the LGBTQIAP+ umbrella. As a queer-identified clinician, I am particularly committed to providing therapeutic services to marginalized identities. Armed with a deep understanding of queer culture and the unique challenges this population may face, my goal is to assist my clients in creating a matchless, supportive therapeutic experience specifically catered to each client's individual needs.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
While I find that every client is different and will prompt me to ask different questions, here are a few things that I would like to know as we begin our therapeutic relationship:
- What's your current motivation for seeking therapy?
- Have you ever been to therapy before? If yes... I'll want to know what that was like for you. What do you want to continue in our work together? What parts of therapy didn't go so well?
- What's your day-to-day life look like? What do you do for work? What do you do for fun? Whose company do you enjoy?
- What are some of your strengths? What would your best friend say about you?
- What are your goals? How do you think therapy might help you achieve them?
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Finding a well-fitted therapist is often the first step towards healing and meeting your goals. Therapy often brings up some vulnerable topics, so you want to ensure you're doing this work with someone who makes you feel comfortable and safe. Other factors to consider are clinical specialties, theoretical orientation, training history, cost, scheudle availability and distance. It's often best to "shop around" online before selecting the some good options. Next, if possible, scheudle to speak with the therapist on the phone prior to scheduling, so that you can ask questions that may not be obvious from the therapist's online profiles. I offer complimentary 15-minute phone consultations, during which clients can ask me any questions they may have. It gives us a chance to get to know one another prior to scheduling that initial appointment. When you call, notice how you feel during and after the call. Notice how you felt once you scheduled, or didn't schedule. When in doubt, trust your gut.
Remember, if you think your current therapist isn't a good fit, it's okay to "break up" and try someone new!