What I love most about being a therapist is the possibility. I am passionate about helping others discover their strengths and feel more connected as they overcome life's challenges. I firmly believe that in the center of all the messiness, confusion and pain is peace, confidence, and strength. I pull from multiple therapeutic modalities in order to help you learn how to cope with painful emotions, communicate more truly with your loved ones, and feel like yourself.
"Our brilliance, our juiciness, our spiciness, is all mixed up with our craziness and our confusion, and therefore it doesn't do any good to try to get rid of our so-called negative aspects, because in that process we also get rid of our basic wonderfulness." - Pema Chodron
Connecting with others is central to how I work; this is inspired by my education and professional experience as well as my human interactions as parent, spouse, sibling and friend. When you work with me you will feel understood and less alone. When you feel connected you can feel safe. When you feel safe, you can explore and find hope.
My process mixes practical problem solving with fine attunement to emotional needs. With considerations for theory and best practices in the field, my style is approachable, grounded in the realities of daily life. My goal is to partner with individuals and families struggling with increasingly complex dilemmas to steer them to a more manageable course.
What to Expect
Finding the right therapist is so important. It can be hard to know what to expect and whether you have come to the right place, especially if this is your first time in therapy. It's normal to feel a little nervous. When you come to my office, you can wait in the waiting area until I open the door and invite you in. After completing some necessary paperwork and reviewing office policies we will spend much of our time getting to know each other. I will listen to you describe your challenges, your strengths, and what you want to work on. While your voice is the most important, I also have some specific questions that help guide my assessment to ensure I have a thorough picture of the nature of your challenges, goals, and resources. Our initial session typically takes an hour.
Sometimes we know right away when there is a good match, other times it is hard to tell. For this reason my policy to use our first 3 sessions to get to know each other, develop and plan, and decide together how to approach your struggles. Based on my initial assessment I will make recommendations and provide any additional referrals that are needed.
Therapy works best when it is frequent and consistent. For that reason, therapy sessions typically take place once weekly. Parents play a very important role in a child or adolescent's therapy. So when treating children and adolescents I meet first with the parents and my second session will be with the child. Optimal treatment involves continuing this communication through both regular meetings and phone consultations.