I have extensive training in a variety of evidence-based practices, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused, Psychodynamic therapy, attachment-based therapy, and relational therapy. I have had many years of experience working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, domestic violence, mood disorders, ADHD, postpartum depression/anxiety, issues related to infertility, interpersonal relational challenges, panic disorders, immigration challenges, parenting challenges, insomnia, trans-related challenges
I integrate foundational principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with psychotherapy for individuals and families. I have extensive experience as a behavior interventionist working to reduce challenging behaviors related to ADD/ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other special needs.
My style is an honest approach to a client-centered model that allows for the client to guide the direction with my support. Together we can navigate through some of today’s hurdles and stress such as depression/anxiety, trauma, relationship/communication issues, loss/grief/bereavement, and family conflict. With the mutual understanding that we may not be able to change certain aspects of our life, I am here to help you process, adjust expectations, cope, improve communication skills, set boundaries, and strengthen your resilience.
How would your life be different if you could accept with confidence that your Essence is pure Joy, Peace, & Connection? What burdensome thoughts & feelings could you shed? What amazing, healing qualities would spontaneously emerge? What would literally change about your day to day? I want to help you get out of the past, stop criticizing & comparing yourself, stop feeding hungry ghosts; and to TRAILBLAZE a path to your most awesome self * UNCOVER hidden gems * ACTUALIZE your wildest dreams * TAP INTO your own innate ability to heal and transform yourself *
I come to this work with a passion for helping people alleviate their suffering and align with what’s important. I aim to create a space where you can feel heard but also challenged. I consider you as a whole person within the world in which you live and how that context affects what you do. My approach respects you as the expert of your own life experiences. I am here to guide the process with curiosity and compassion.
I provide mental health counseling to help and guide my client(s) find a balanced life by providing a safe space to process and talk about family issues, marital conflict, job stressors, fertility, postpartum, alcohol and substance use along with other mental health concerns they may be experiencing. The therapeutic alliance is the pillar of the therapeutic process and growth. Having worked in this field for almost a decade, I believe my greatest strength is the ability to connect and empathize with my clients while building on their life skills.
Welcome! As a licensed therapist I am continually inspired by witnessing clients make sense of difficult life experiences, past or present. Maybe this is a starting point for you and you are new to therapy, or recommitting to therapy after a break. Perhaps mental health issues (like depression or anxiety) were not discussed in the family or community in which you grew up, or you have had difficulty reaching out for help for other reasons. Sometimes what holds people back from seeking help is self judgment (‘I should be able to handle this’), or fear that things won’t improve. You are certainly not alone, and help is available.
I create a compassionate space to help you connect with your true self, the life you want to live, and the relationships you want to have. Therapy is not always easy, but I’ll offer guidance and support. We’ll discuss strategies to help you develop more agency in life. With couples, my style is interactive and focused. I help partners recognize patterns that keep them “stuck”, teach strategies to cool down intense emotions, and communicate with intention.
With over 25 years of working with children, adolescents and adults, my therapy style is authentic, empowering, strength based, compassionate, creative and fun. I am particularly skilled in working with trauma, managing strong emotions, living with Autism or Learning Disabilities, exploring identity and looking for more purpose, self understanding, direction, peace, creativity or perspective. I have a great deal of experience working in multicultural and LGBTQ+ supportive contexts. I love working with young adults who inspire me every day because finding one’s own way in life is hard, exciting and full of possibilities.
I have been working in the field of mental health for over 14 years and have extensive experience working with children, adolescent, adult and families in various settings and environments. I use a strengths-based approach and attempt to work with my clients on the topics and issues they want to and are ready to explore. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Trauma focused CBT, and motivational interviewing.
I like to work collaboratively with clients to turn towards the things that are meaningful and important for healing, growth and integration. I strive to always work in a compassionate, supportive, humble and respectful way to help identify the places that you feel stuck and work together to help alleviate those stuck places. Interwoven into this process, I often work with mindfulness, as I believe it is the key to change. It helps us to become more deeply aware of our feelings, needs, impulses and patterns, in order to bring about wanted change and can also help to regulate our nervous system, often leading to calmer states of mind
I tailor my approach to therapy to each individual based on their own preferences. I can accommodate many modalities and styles. I provide clients with tools to decrease anxiety and cope with stress. I empower clients to identify and make choices about thought patterns that were once automatic until new ways of thinking take hold. Many of my clients find me easy to talk to and appreciate my collaborative approach and easy-going style.
My therapeutic approach is person-centered. I utilize empathy, authenticity, acceptance, and trust in welcoming my clientele into a safe space. These principles have been the driving force of my practice for nearly 14 years. My approach allows my clients the opportunity to find their authentic selves. These therapeutic principles fit well with my other personal values and qualities of compassion, integrity, courage, gentleness, curiosity, and reflection.
Do you feel anxious just thinking about the demands of your day-to-day life? Are you wondering if your past experiences might be impacting the way you feel today? Most people who start therapy feel stuck repeating the same painful patterns but aren’t sure how to change them. Maybe you don't look forward to much or you feel like you want to escape your life and your commitments. Perhaps you’re struggling to relate to others, like you can’t truly connect to your loved ones. You might feel overwhelmed by emotions like anger, irritability, guilt, or anxiety.
My style can best be described as insight and action-oriented therapy. I believe that once an individual has an improved understanding of their inner workings (thoughts, emotions, behaviors) and patterns of behavior, then they can begin to adopt more healthy ways of living.
I see therapy as a collaborative process where I bring my training and experience into the therapy room and you bring your life experience in order to work towards making life better. The collaborative process is important in all aspects of the therapy process, creating a safe environment, setting goals, doing the work between sessions, checking on progress, and checking on the overall process. My hope is that we are moving towards creating a rich and meaningful life and we move towards that together.
I approach each client with authenticity, with the understanding that each person’s needs are unique. My goal is to help you develop a deeper understanding of your own true feelings. Together, we can build your sense of confidence so you can speak your truth; and create the life, career, and relationships you want.
If you are someone who has an aversion to dredging up slings and arrows, I can relate. My clinical experience specifically includes working with the families of individuals with a severe mental illness diagnosis, bereavement counseling (including situations of violent or traumatic loss), and infertility. I also work with individuals who are anticipating or experiencing stress related to high-conflict divorce.
As a therapist, my initial aim is to create a safe and non-judgmental place so that my clients are able to access and share their thoughts, emotions, and experiences with me. Through compassionate curiosity, I ask intentional questions that allow my clients to get to know themselves, their needs, and their goals for therapy. As clients process their past and present experiences with me, I help connect the dots – finding common themes and patterns that may be contributing to my client’s suffering or what we call “the presenting problem.”
My goal is to provide you with skills that you can take and maintain even after you complete your therapy journey with me. Some of these skills can include, but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, communication, mindfulness, anxiety management, and relaxation skills. I have experience in working with all ages of life. My passion is working with young adults and adults, couples, and families. I specialize in the treatment of depression (including prenatal and postpartum), anxiety, trauma, addictions, interpersonal conflict, and life transitions.