My Approach to Helping
I describe myself as a warm, empathetic, humorous and attuned therapist who works collaboratively with clients, using elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Inter Familial Systems to understand and reframe the unhelpful messages and stories clients tell themselves.
It is my belief that people get better in the context of relationships. I am a trainee at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and use a relational framework. I work to help people explore and modify their relational patterns to enjoy their lives more.
I work from a holistic, anti-racist and feminist perspective. I consider my client's social, cultural and racial context, and act as an advocate against discrimination and oppression. I also utilize visual tools such as genograms and vulnerability cycles to illuminate the work.
More Info About My Practice
I specialize in grief and loss for individuals in their 20s and 30s. Grief is not linear and something we simply "get over." This desire to prematurely find closure can lead us astray.Our work together will allow you to find meaning in life after loss, while navigating the unique pressures of dating, establishing a career, and maintaining a social life.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
To me therapy is a warm, nonjudgmental environment where people can focus on their personal needs, reflect and grow. Therapy is a place where people can feel listened to, acknowledged and heard without having to censor how they feel for fear of upsetting their family or friends. I believe that talking is cathartic. Therapy also helps people better understand the messages they tell themselves, where these messages came from and how these messages may be impacting your self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. I also believe that therapy allows clients to better understand how they operate in relation to others and how patterns of relating can impact emotional well-being.