My approach to therapy is a contemplative dive into the relationship between self and others. Therapy is an opening to explore inner expansion, struggle, and what is still unknown. I am driven to create close and genuine connections with the individuals who frequent my office, no matter what the circumstances.
As a therapist, I am eager to provide a space filled with self-reflection and empathic listening. In my journey through life, I’ve tried to embrace a growth mindset rather than the one I held for years – “My shortcomings are permanent.” Shifting this perspective, personal challenges with food, anxiety, and imperfection no longer feel like eternal battles.
My philosophy of mental health is extremely fluid. As I continue the self-work of evolving as a human, I am inclined to concentrate on what the person in my office needs. I treat clients with respect and strive to help them move through discomfort, rather than avoid it. Brene Brown’s research findings on shame deeply changed my outlook on suffering and influenced me to seek growth by “Putting words to shame.” I believe in the healing power of storytelling, especially with a supportive and active audience.
My graduate-level training and educational background were largely focused on Psychodynamic, Humanistic, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy. Several of my core research topics were on Attachment in Adult Relationships and Jealousy Across the Lifespan. Throughout the past several years, I have sought out additional training on how trauma is held in the nervous system and interpersonal interventions for somatic healing in our bodies. My own creative endeavors in art and music find their way into therapy — sometimes through dialogue, expression, or simply just allowing two people to create something unique and meaningful together.
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