My Approach to Helping
My approach is holistic, collaborative, grounded in theory, yet responsive to your distinct needs. Whether it's stress at home or work, relationship drama or your own stuff that gets in the way, we can work together to remove imagined or emotional barriers to help you succeed and live the life you deserve.
I help people who are stuck or struggling to cope with change, trauma, grief and loss, couples and family dynamics. I also support clients who are seeking to make lasting lifestyle improvements for their health and wellness. I'm also trained in expressive arts therapies including writing for healing. I am especially interested in supporting women and people of color.
More Info About My Practice
As a Mental Health Counselor and Holistic Health Coach, I have more than 8 years' experience in working with individuals and couples on issues ranging from overeating to strained relationships to depression and anxiety. Incorporating narrative and expressive therapies and Transformative Language Arts, I can help you to understand how you think and relate to your world. I also apply cognitive-behavioral techniques to help you identify and change negative patterns of thinking and behaving. I am specially trained to help with trauma, grief and loss, couples and family dynamics, and addiction and compulsive behaviors.
The Center for Optimal Performance is a community of independent professionals who offer a wide range of services including psychotherapy, coaching, peak performance training, hypnosis, biofeedback, relational training and health and wellness consulting. The Center offers innovative strategies for personal, professional and organizational growth.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I find it deeply fulfilling to help people learn about themselves, find their voice and take steps to change their relationship to themselves and others. Those "aha" moments can often be unearthed through traditional "talk" therapy or by incorporating expressive arts like writing and drawing, which help you go where you may not otherwise venture. Therapy is a tool to help you to get unstuck and become unstoppable.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
We're often told to "be strong" at a moment when we feel anything but. Seeking the support of an unbiased, trained professional is an act of courage and a show of strength. Therapy is self-care, and self-care is a radical act of self-love and self-preservation.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Consider our alliance as a mini-laboratory where you can "test-drive" ways of being and get some honest, non-judgey feedback. Our relationship is a safe, rich and fertile ground for exploring and understanding how you navigate the world and what changes you can make to ease your journey.