About My Clients
Maybe you feel stuck repeating the same patterns that aren’t working, or you’re not sure whether you want to keep showing up to a relationship, job, or church that doesn’t meet your needs. Maybe you've been feeling isolated from your community because of changes in your life or your beliefs. You just know that you feel overwhelmed and disconnected from what your life is supposed to be like. You want something in your life to feel meaningful and to make sense. I can help you find that meaning.
My Background and Approach
My overarching goal will be to help you define your values and move towards what is a fulfilling and healthy life for YOU. Along the way I can provide new coping skills that work for you. In session, I seek to share what I have learned and am learning, both through research/education as well as my own experiences. I often use metaphors, analogies, & storytelling to help clients change behaviors, thought patterns, relationships, and their whole lives. I am able to integrate the language of personality typologies such as the Enneagram/MBTI into therapy, when desired. And I try to never take myself too seriously! I primarily work from a theoretical stance combining Compassion-Focused Therapy (which integrates self-compassion with evolutionary psychology) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. I also integrate components of Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. I am a trauma-informed professional and seek to keep up with current research in this field.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
My values as a counselor are openness, respect, & empowerment. I strive for cultural humility and to decolonize my therapeutic practice wherever I can, acknowledging my own privilege. I am affirming of neurodiversity (ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, etc) and am a LGBTQIA+ ally. I am a highly sensitive person and know what it's like to "feel too much." I believe that spirituality, or the connection with something bigger than ourselves that also connects us to all beings, is a part of health and wellness. This connection can be expressed through a religion or through experiences in nature, with art, or related to a social/political cause. Questioning and deconstructing beliefs associated with religion can be a painful and lonely experience, but is often a vital step in becoming who we are meant to be - wholly integrated, free individuals with humility and empathy. It is an honor to come alongside individuals who are in this process and help them find peace and wisdom for themselves.