I believe that the path to healing begins with connection– connection to yourself, others, and the world around you. I consider the therapeutic relationship to be the initial stepping stone to help you foster that sense of connection and enact positive change in your life. My approach to therapy is insight-oriented and relational, meaning that I strive to create a collaborative space where together we can explore the connection between the past and present to make sense of your emotions, behaviors, and experiences. Because our thoughts, feelings and memories can at times feel painful, I place an emphasis on ensuring that you feel safe and supported in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate exploration and insight around your experiences. Together, we can identity the meaning of these experiences while also building upon your existing strengths to discover the agency required to create your own version of meaningful change. I am motivated by my genuine desire to help others, my belief that my work as a therapist is a privilege, and my understanding that all individuals have an innate capacity for self-realization. It is my hope that my personal values, warmth and non-judgmental perspective will allow you to feel cared for and will also help you to find your own power to actualize your life goals.
My work is trauma-informed and integrates a variety of evidence-based frameworks, primarily attachment theory, psychodynamic psychotherapy, feminist perspectives, cultural humility and somatic therapy. I specialize in addressing women’s issues and perinatal/post-partum concerns and treat clients facing a range of difficulties related to interpersonal relationships, intimacy and relational patterns, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma, gender-based violence/domestic violence, grief and loss, identity development, mood difficulties, depression, anxiety, body image issues, chronic stress and burnout, life adjustments, gender and sexual identity, and spirituality.
Throughout my instruction as a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate, I received formal training in several structured, skill-based therapies that can be incorporated into our work together including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. I also enjoy merging creativity, spirituality, and visualization/meditation into practice when appropriate. Further, I am trained in trauma-sensitive yoga and am a strong advocate for the value of movement practices and meditation in daily life; if desired, I am glad to work with you to create a personal practice to support your mental and physical well-being.
I am honored to work with people of diverse cultural, ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds as well as all and sexual and gender identities. While I work with children in unique circumstances, I primarily provide treatment to adolescents, adults and families.