About My Clients
Being in your teens and 20s is stressful. It can all feel like too much to manage. The sadness, the worry, the uncertainty. You're navigating relationships, friend drama, and planning for the future but don't trust your own judgment yet. Your self-esteem wavers daily. You hold yourself to higher standards than others. You experience your emotions intensely. You question if you're just being dramatic. You wonder if you'll ever feel like yourself again. I see you, and I can help.
My Background and Approach
My approach is client-centered, relational, and collaborative. You take the lead and I help you find your way. You'll be treated with empathy, acceptance, and respect. You know yourself better than anyone, so you already have an idea of what helps and doesn't. This is especially relevant if you've already been in therapy before. We work together to set goals and take steps to reach them. It is common to get overwhelmed by your thoughts and feelings sometimes. It can be confusing, stressful, and scary. My job is to help you put all of those emotions into words and then find effective ways to manage them. You'll learn how to control your thoughts and feelings so they don’t control you. Emotions aren’t necessarily good or bad, and we can’t stop ourselves from feeling them, but we can control how we interpret them and act on them. We do mindfulness to calm your body, mindset work to calm your brain, and inner work to calm your heart. I'll believe in you until you believe in yourself.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
My Master's and Doctoral programs incorporated spirituality into therapy, acknowledging mind, body, and spirit. I was drawn to this holistic approach to treatment because a person’s individual belief system often determines the way they make sense of the world and how they deal with things like grief, loss, and even trauma. You may or may not identify with general spirituality or an organized religion. While religion can be very meaningful to some, it has also done damage to others. Some people feel rejected from the very communities they grew up in. While some find purpose and meaning through their belief system, others are still struggling to figure out what they believe in and their place in this world. It’s completely normal to question what you’ve been taught by your family or church. While I am trained to have deeper discussions around faith and spirituality, these themes only become part of treatment if they are meaningful to you. If not, we don't go there.