My Approach to Helping
I get it - life can be tough. Maybe you just got out of a relationship or can't get on the same page in a relationship, maybe you've had harm done to you or experienced something painful in your life, or maybe you just don't like yourself very much. Perhaps for you it's grief, anxiety, depression, or a big life transition that feels overwhelming. Whatever it is that you're experiencing, it's important for you to know that it's valid and it's okay to not be okay all the time.
The good news is - there is hope and there is healing available to you. If you're looking for a safe space, compassion, care, and cultural sensitivity to navigate the rough waters of life with, I am here for you. I work with college students, millennials, and adults like you who would like to have someone walk alongside them on their journey of growth. We will identify directions for therapy and use a focused but flexible approach to make the changes you want to see in your life.
There's no time like the present. How about we get started?
More Info About My Practice
I am using a secure virtual platform currently for all appointments, but will be moving to a hybrid option between in-person and telehealth in the near future.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
include: self-esteem, trauma, harm, painful memories, relationships, family problems, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, life transitions, stress.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
We are relational people and it doesn't always go so well for us when we try to go through hard things alone. We may have friends, family, partners, or groups that we can turn to for support - and we should - but therapy adds different things that these relationships may not be skilled to provide. In my work with clients like you, it often adds objectivity, tools, skills, gentle challenges, new information, and a safe space to process. Therapy allows you to let your friends be friends, your partner be your partner, and so on while you also get the space and growth you are looking for to make changes in your life. And speaking of growth, that's the central aim of therapy to me - to gain new insights or self-knowledge, to reduce symptoms, to make sense of what's confusing or conflicting, and to move toward a life and a sense of self that is more grounded and whole.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love getting to journey with people through pain, hold space for your stories, and be a part of the growth process. The journey is yucky, mucky, and sucky sometimes, but I get the privilege of being with you in it so you don't feel so alone. I get to learn about you, rejoice with you, and share the burden with you. It truly warms my heart to connect with you and know that you have the support and help you need to transform into the person you want to be in your life.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
We have come a long way with mental health stigma, but unfortunately, it is still very real sometimes. First, I want to say - you're not alone in thinking you may be flawed or weak. While those thoughts may not be true, you've likely had some experience(s) that has led you to feel that way and that experience is valid. At the same time, I want to offer a different perspective to consider when these thoughts surface: if it was easy to address hard things on our own, wouldn't we all be doing it pretty well? Wouldn't that mean that there were less people who were hurting or struggling? Would you feel you are flawed or that something is "wrong with you" as a person if you went to the doctor for a regular physical or a hurting arm? Likely, we would not feel that way about ourselves seeing the doctor. And, because many of us like to avoid hard things (hello human nature), I'd guess that it's actually more difficult to choose to face these things and invite potential pain or challenge. So to me, dear human, you are incredibly brave and strong to choose to face the difficulties in your life. To me, there is nothing "wrong with you" for seeking therapy - no matter how 'big' or 'small' what you're going through may seem - you're just stuck, and it would be nice to get a little push to get unstuck, wouldn't it?