About My Clients
After over a decade serving in university counseling centers, I have decided to expand my private practice to full-time. Doing so affords me the opportunity to work with the folx I saw at UCCs through a course of treatment that fits their needs. I loved the diversity of life experience and clinical concern that students presented with in my office, but was perpetually frustrated by the short-term nature of the work.
My Background and Approach
I have been conducting therapy since my second year of graduate school in 2007, and have learned much in my years as a clinician. Ultimately, I've learned that people want to be seen; really seen for who they are. And through that experience comes healing. I have seen clients find the strength and courage to confront the pains of their past, make different choices for their future, and live a life with more freedom. I was trained as a generalist and integrationist, with a focus on the individual cultural experience, as well as the broader systemic factors that influence and shape each person. My clinical style is open, genuine, warm, challenging, encouraging, and relatable. I bring humor to my sessions, but am also serious about the work. We won't be chatting for 50 minutes, but it also won't be heavy lifting the whole time. I use techniques from a variety of therapy approaches, including humanistic, CBT, psychodynamic, motivational interviewing, ACT, DBT, mindfulness, and more.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe we are a product of the world we are shaped by. We act mostly out of habit, expectations, and in a semi-conscious manner. Everything that has happened before influences what happens now. It is through the process of increasing one's conscious awareness that we can better understand the factors that have brought us to each moment. And in that increased awareness, we can choose a path with intention, based on what we truly desire and who we want to be. Those are the moments when we experience true freedom; the freedom to choose without being told who we should be or what we should do. I believe it is human nature for us all to strive for this freedom and sense of personal identity. Many powerful forces and systems seek our compliance (e.g., think advertising), but the most meaningful lives are full of connection and purpose that we mindfully choose.