Therapy is about making a connection with the right professional who sees your life without your filter to provide insight and support while moving towards goals which are meaningful to you. You are ultimately the expert on your own life; however, most of us can benefit from having someone join us on our journey to help us realize our true worth and potential. Having an outside perspective and taking the time to focus on you can be an incredibly helpful and healing experience. I am honored to be a part of this journey for the individuals I work with. I strive to meet each person where they are at in their life in order to give them the best possible experience and outcome during the therapeutic process.
I approach therapy in a collaborative fashion, integrating evidenced-based techniques, developmental considerations, and mindfulness techniques with a humanistic approach and emphasis on individual self-efficacy. The most important facet of therapy for me is that I create a space that is safe, nonjudgmental, and feels truly genuine and supportive. I have extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and attachment theory. I believe in finding practical strategies which help in the moment as we explore crystallized schemas, cognitions, and their origins. The evidence supports that our belief in our ability to make changes is more important than any other factor as to whether or not we produce these changes and move towards desired outcomes. With that being said, it is important to focus not just on what is not working in one’s life but also what strengths can be built upon for each individual.
The integration of mindfulness, or the idea of purposefully but non-judgmentally attending to life experience in the moment, is a practice which allows us to live our lives in a more present and experiential manner. Integration of mindfulness practices and techniques in daily practice allows one to transcend the future worries and past shames that tend to interfere with everyday happiness and connection. Mindfulness is a journey, rather than a destination, and regular practice helps us get closer to our goals, connect more fully with our lives, and gain clarity and peace.
I hold a master’s degree from Fielding Graduate University in Clinical Psychology with two years of additional coursework, in addition to extensive psychological and neuropsychological assessment training from their Ph.D. program. In addition, I received additional coursework from Walden University for the purpose of obtaining counseling licensure. I am National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
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