About My Clients
I specialize in working with folks who experience trauma, anxiety, depression, and conflict in relationships. I enjoy working with clients who are interested in working collaboratively with me as a team. I also teach parenting classes and enjoy facilitating parents and teens improving their relationships and communication. I've moved across the country myself and love supporting folks adjusting to new environments, helping them in building confidence and community after any life transition.
My Background and Approach
I’ve been working in the mental health field since 2014 and have a range of training and experience focusing on treating teens, adults, and families with anxiety and depression, adjustment and trauma, and high relational conflict. My approach combines elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, and Existential to find what works best for each person, couple, or family. I maintain a trauma informed and social justice lens in all of my therapeutic work. I strive to discover your strengths and teach you how to use them to strengthen your relationships. I have specialized training in: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT Therapy), NPP: Nurturing Parenting Program, FOCUS for families: a resiliency model for families after stressful events, Functional Family Therapy: a strengths based model based on acceptance and respect
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, reading, writing, art, and spending time with my two cats and dog. I have spent time living abroad, volunteering with the homeless in Europe, teaching English in Central America, and conducting mental health research on anxiety and depression in South East Asia. Deciding to come to therapy is hard. There's lots of things that get in the way of making that first call, whether it be pride, shame, stigma, or anxiety. Many folks have an idea of what therapy looks like (like lying down on a couch talking about your mom) but the truth is that therapy can look different for everyone. As your therapist, I don't pretend to be an expert on your life, instead I use a collaborative approach to work together to meet your goals. I believe therapy works better when you feel comfortable, safe, and you can allow yourself to be influenced by someone you trust. If you don’t like your therapist and don’t trust their judgement, you’re not likely to follow through.