What was your path to becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?
After experiencing my own dark night of the soul and having an endless curiosity for the psyche and consciousness, I decided to embark on a career as a psychotherapist. I approach my work with compassion, humility, dedication, and curiosity, which enables me to make strong connections with my clients based on respect, understanding, and trust. I have experience working in outpatient eating disorder treatment, private practice, and school-based counseling. I have led groups on integrating nondenominational spirituality into the recovery process. For the past several years, I have studied with various leaders in the natural healing/holistic health industry and integrate my learnings in my practice as an adjunct to therapy for clients who are interested. I am currently studying somatic therapy and nervous system regulation.
What should someone know about working with you?
In our initial session(s), we will review your history comprehensively so that I can get an adequate understanding of your background and the experiences that have led you to seek help. We will discuss your history of biological and psychological health and your relationships (including family, friends, and romantic partners). We will discuss goals for treatment and what you’d like your life to look like. We will go at your pace and by what you are comfortable sharing as we get to know one another. I assign homework for my clients to integrate what is discussed in session, as the real magic happens in your day-to-day life. I believe that engagement and self-discipline are imperative to the process of achieving wholeness and I do ask that my clients make a commitment to doing the work outside of sessions. I enjoy working with clients who want to develop deeper levels of self-awareness and take personal responsibility for their lives and healing.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am passionate about holistic mental health care and believe that many psychological imbalances can be healed with a holistic approach as well as commitment and belief in healing from the client. I love educating and empowering my clients to make lifestyle changes that support a vital mind, body, and spirit. I enjoy working with clients who prefer to take a natural approach to treating their mental health conditions.
Short Term (Solution-focused, etc.)
Ideal for those who are coming in with a specific problem they’d like to address and gain clarity on. Typically, short term therapies are present focused and do not dive deep into your past.
Structured therapies are goal and progress oriented. Therapists may incorporate psychoeducation and a specific “curriculum.” In order to stay on track, therapists may provide worksheets and homework.
Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic, Existential, etc.)
Exploring the past and making connections to present issues can help clients gain insight. Getting to the root of the issue and finding deeper self-awareness can help with long-term change.
Non-directive (Humanistic, Person-centered, etc.)
Going with the flow and seeing where it leads.
Behavioral (CBT, DBT, etc.)
Focuses on changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors by addressing problematic thought patterns and specific providing coping skills.
Trauma Focused (EMDR, TF-CBT, etc.)
Recognizing the connection between trauma experiences and your emotional and behavioral responses, trauma focused therapy seeks to help you heal from traumas.