I have a profound belief that alienation, isolation, and oppression are the root of much individual suffering. Healing, transformation and resilience occur through deep witnessing, empathy, resistance work and in the context of a relationship or community. People say I have a very disarming style that connects with the spark, story, and strengths within each person. While the professional nature of the psychotherapeutic relationship can sometimes seem inauthentic, I believe so strongly in reflection that I’m committed to being a lifelong learner who at times turns to healers, coaches, mentors and therapists myself.
I’m trained in many methods of psychotherapy including: psychodynamic, humanistic, solution focused, existential, cognitive behavioral, and family systems. I enjoy bringing creative stories, quotes, exercises, and practices into my work. I believe that paying attention to the body, mind, and spirit with curiosity in a warm and inviting relationship with professional boundaries has the power to rewire negative thinking patterns, offers a freedom to explore aspects of ourselves, and provides a new perspective on how we see ourselves, others, the world and our relationships with one another.
Having personally struggled with depression and anxiety I know how important it is to be taken seriously, to feel respected, to have the space to make mistakes, and to think through things in ways that are liberating. We can get stuck in fear of change, patterns of intra-and interpersonal violence and addiction and need to be met with reminders about joy, hope, belonging and new experiences of trust. I believe there are many paths to healing that can include play, physical activity, holistic and allopathic medicine, service to others, telling our story, creating art and music, and being connected to something greater than ourselves. We are all human after all in life can become very messy and confusing. We respond in ways that make sense at the time and adapt to situations to survive. At times we need to be reminded that it’s time to adapt again to new situations with the new tools and experiences we have acquired.
In the therapy process I will meet you where you are and want to learn about your life. Not only will I want to know what is hurting you or keeping you bound or stuck, I will also want to know who and what matters to you? What inspires and moves you? Where do you find meaning and purpose? What nurtures and soothes you when you are in pain or distress? Do you have symbols, role models, spiritual practices, songs, causes, or activities that enrich your life? Who knows you and understands you in your complex identity?
I have worked with people who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, chronic health conditions, addiction, trichotillomania, bullying, violence, grief, and other forms of mental illness. I see therapy as a safe space to honor all that we bring and find ways to live full lives even while accepting some limitations or challenges.