Growing up, I was always the listener, caretaker, advice-giver. The best reward for me was always seeing people grow and achieve goals they had set for themselves no matter how big or small they were. Sometimes even the smallest, simplest changes create ripples of positivity and confidence throughout life. Becoming a therapist was a natural fit. Every day in this work, I feel honored to professionally support individuals seeking real and long-lasting positive change.
My approach to therapy is laidback and tailored to meet your needs. You are in the driver’s seat. There is no “one size fits all” approach and I want to make this experience as comfortable as it possibly can be for you. Our relationship will be a strong determinant of your success, so I consider it my job to build a positive connection with you, attending to your needs, and wholeheartedly being there for you through all the ups and downs of your journey. I truly want you to feel comfortable from start to finish.
My style is conversational, as I can be both a curious listener and also a gentle, unbiased person providing you with feedback to bring discoveries or awareness to parts of your life that you might not have realized before. My role is to be your guide, your emotional/mental health teammate, your cheerleader, for every person I work with. I bring my knowledge, experiences, tools and resources to be available for each person, but it is always up to each individual when, how, and at what pace, that I provide those things to aid and assist.
Therapy can be important for many things, including gaining skills for stress management, strengthening relationships, navigating a life transition, dealing with loss, developing your identity, healing from traumatic experiences, or simply wanting to build your self-awareness and deepen your understanding of current life events. Having a safe, confidential, secure place to be your genuine self and having someone who is authentic, providing unconditional positive regard and respecting you as a unique individual in a completely non-judgmental atmosphere is an invaluable experience that you deserve.
Working to understand your true self, and leading a life that you find most fulfilling and that will help you maximize your own sense of peace, is an ever-evolving process. There is no finish line. We learn and grow throughout our lives through every chapter and every season. If you have never tried therapy before, now may be a time to explore this process where you can build a deeper relationship with yourself and with the world around you.
If you feel nervous or unsure, I want to validate those feelings because they are normal but also let you know that I would never judge a single person for their thoughts, feelings, experiences, or behaviors. You matter to me. We all have parts of ourselves that might not be things we openly share with people very often, but I hope that you can share those things with me. I really work hard to create a safe environment where there is no reason to feel shame with me.
My background includes extensive experience working in the field of mental health, from the clinical side, administrative side, academic side, all the way over to crisis programming. I am not afraid to go wherever you may need me to go in a session. Therapy is a journey that I am on with you, all the way. I would be honored to meet you.
One of my most favorite ways to practice self-care is to have my hair done. Having unconventional hair colors is something that sets me apart as an individual and is something that makes me feel empowered to be ME. I also believe that having time just for ourselves – “just you time” – is an extremely important part of self-care. What a person does during that time may change day to day, or week to week, but it can be truly fundamental to our self-care when we simply take the time to remember that our individual role in the world is just as important as everybody else. Reading a book, binging a few Netflix episodes, crocheting endless scarves and hats for every person in your life – whatever you find that makes you smile and makes your heart even the slightest bit lighter.
Be yourself. Whatever that looks like. At the end of the day, no one else’s opinion matters but your own. We often worry what other people think, but they themselves are often preoccupied also worrying about what other people think. It’s so important for every person to be their own individual, authentic self.
Don’t be afraid. Life is full of risks, but we should not let fear of the unknown hold us back. There are amazing, beautiful opportunities in our world. Sometimes the right decision may be to step back, but more often than not, we have so much to gain by stepping forward into the unknown and making the most of every experience in life.