About My Clients
Do you feel like you’re going through the motions? Do you appear to be doing well from the outside, but internally you feel overwhelmed, depressed, and disconnected from yourself and others? Do you feel like something has to change, but you aren't sure where to start? Do you numb your emotions with unhealthy behaviors or mindless distractions because it feels easier in the moment, and something about listening to yourself feels unnerving? If so, therapy can help, and I’d love to work with you.
My Background and Approach
My approach to therapy is thoughtful and nuanced. To keep it simple, I’d say there are two types of therapy. They aren’t mutually exclusive, and I definitely use both in my practice. On one hand, there’s therapy that’s intended to teach strategies and coping skills so a person can manage things more effectively and make healthy changes. This type of therapy can be incredibly valuable, and I enjoy helping clients in this way! For example, I often use my knowledge of lifestyle medicine, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and organizational strategies to help clients refine their goals and maintain progress over time. In addition to goal-oriented therapy, there’s therapy that’s intended to help you explore, unearth, and better understand yourself so that any changes you decide to make come from a place of deep knowing. If goal-oriented therapy aims to contain emotion, exploratory therapy aims to crack you open. Both styles describe my work, but the latter describes it best.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that biology, culture, opportunities, and relationships often intersect to create struggles (and strengths). I provide evidence-based therapy that is guided by research while not being constrained by it. On one hand, I know that the scientific study of psychology is important. It’s helped us discover that specific types of therapies, when administered in a specific way, are more effective for certain symptoms. On the other side of this discussion, I acknowledge that that context is everything, and individual differences will always exist. Instead of resisting the realities of subjectivity, ambiguity, and the inherent messiness of working with something as complex as the human mind, I lean into them. This balanced approach allows me to be both thorough and thoughtful in the practice of psychology. In other words, while research absolutely informs my practice, I know there’s only one you. I use an individualized, caring approach for each client.