How I work
Our work together will give you insight and perspective balanced with skills to help you cope with challenges in new ways. I will give you honest and compassionate feedback as well as be an active listener to ensure you feel understood and supported.
If you’ve ever seen a house being built, you know that work begins from the inside out. You have to have a solid structure to support the exterior. Sometimes, when we’re challenged or feeling vulnerable we try to work the other way around and put up superficial walls—and we find ourselves in a worse spot than we were originally.
Psychotherapy works from the inside out to create a sense of stability and flexibility, which allows for new ways of approaching life’s struggles. It gives a sense of real strength so that we can let go of old and ineffective strategies—and replace them with a new way of experiencing things.
Who I Am
I feel privileged to be a therapist and my work with others energizes me, as therapy allows for genuine connection, a rare thing in our busy, fast-paced lives. I’m often in awe of the courage and strength my patients bring to their sessions. I feel honored that they share their innermost experiences with me.
Though I am well versed in the research that demonstrates the effectiveness of psychotherapy, I also trust the therapeutic process based on my own experiences with healing.
In 2010, I lost my newborn baby boy and found myself in the midst of despair and pain that I had, until that point, only been a witness to in my work with others. The grief I came to know and the struggle I experienced as I faced 18 months of infertility has changed my view of healing from the clinical to the experiential.
It took many months of my own therapy and other healing practices such as yoga and meditation to embrace my life and work again. And it left me with lessons that now inform my work with others.
Something that I never learned in graduate school but now feel is paramount to the process of healing after a loss or trauma is a spiritual recovery–an ability to reconnect with oneself and with others around our most challenging experiences. I believe there are many paths to this end and help my clients find their way toward this type of healing. Therefore, my aim isn’t just to alleviate symptoms but to support my clients in personal growth that takes them to a place where they can find fulfillment and be genuinely engaged with life.