My Approach to Helping
“We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is part of thought.” — Oliver Sacks.
Oliver Sacks understood something that I have come to deeply respect—that connecting with others and talking out loud are meaningful practices that can change lives. At many points in our lives we simply need someone to listen. Be it a longstanding mental illness or a life change that creates mixed up thoughts and feelings, sometimes we simply need an educated ear.
I have a unique background, having worked in addictions, inpatient and outpatient counseling, and school social work. I have a considerable amount of experience helping parents better connect with their children, working with schools to reach every student, and helping people understand how social environments can both hold them back and facilitate success. Throughout my career, moreover, I have maintained a sharp focus on the complexities and consequences of trauma.
As a clinician practicing in these increasingly uncertain and stressful times, I am committed to partnering with you, and will work with you toward achieving the desired relief and growth that will help you pursue the life you want. I am trained in CBT, aspects of DBT, Parent Behavior Training, psychological first aid, social emotional learning, family systems, psychodynamic theory, feminist theory, and humanistic theory. I take a strengths-based and holistic approach to working with each client, preferring to tailor my treatment style to meet individual needs. With a casual sense of humor and creative nature, I aim to help you feel heard and understood, to empower you to make meaningful change.