Each and every person has extraordinary strengths, talents, and skills that carry them through life, but sometimes life is complicated, messy, and just hard. Sometimes we need to take pause, step back, and acknowledge that we feel stuck. If we are brave enough to explore the things that cause pain and give ourselves permission to heal, we are often able to achieve the inner peace, clarity, revitalization, or new sense of purpose that we are seeking. Therapy gives you that opportunity. In therapy, you don’t have to pretend to have it all together. You don’t have to push yourself to endure. There is no pressure, no forcing, and no judging. Therapy is a safe, nonjudgmental environment where you can be your complete, authentic self.
Being a therapist is a great honor and privilege for me because in my work, I’m able to meet people at some of the lowest points of their lives and tell them it’s okay to be honest with me. With our own family and friends, we may not always get the opportunity to slow down, verbalize how we feel, or receive unconditional positive regard when we open up about our painful experiences. Some people may not understand what we are going through or they may have their own advice or biases that impact us. In my role as a therapist, I am able to professionally create an environment where the focus and attention is 100% on you and your needs. I love being able to listen, guide, and collaborate with people in a way they typically don’t experience outside of therapy. Each day, I get to witness the strength of the human spirit and walk alongside people in their journey toward wellness.
My goal is to create an experience for you that is specifically tailored to meet your needs and expectations. Therapy is a collaborative process, one in which I will never determine the treatment goals without your input. YOU are in charge of letting me know what is most helpful to you. We will go at whatever pace feels comfortable to you. Through the process, I encourage you to share feedback about what’s working well, what’s not working, and how we can develop meaningful progress together.
I enjoy working with a variety of populations, including with kids, teens, and adults. Specialty areas include anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship concerns, family conflicts, pregnancy and postpartum, domestic violence, and more. I firmly believe that no two people have the same experience. I will never make assumptions about your life history nor will I ever assume to know how you may be feeling. In this beautiful, complex world, we each navigate through challenges in our own unique ways. No matter what you have gone through, no matter how you may be feeling, I consider it my job to affirmatively listen, accept, believe, and support you.
Mental health is hugely important to me because it shapes our entire world. All of our experiences day in and day out are affected by our mental wellness. How we are feeling on the inside shapes our behaviors, our actions, our relationships, our school or work performance, and all of our social experiences. Our daily routines, our self-care habits, our ability to meet our basic needs, and our ability to feel fulfilled in life are all affected by our mental health. When we are struggling, it can feel impossible to reach our full potential. Nobody deserves to feel this way. By reaching out for support and working through mental health challenges with a trusted professional, YOU can make progress and discover a new way of relating to yourself and the world around you. I want every single person to know that seeking help is one of the strongest, bravest things that you can do for yourself.
Most people describe me as an authentic, compassionate, and honest person. I care deeply about helping others feel empowered and in control of their lives. My style tends to be laidback and conversational, while also utilizing evidenced-based skills and strategies in our work together. I enjoy drawing connections between your stories and helping you discover new realizations that can help you overcome difficulties. If you’re thinking about starting therapy, I would be honored to meet you.
My favorite self-care is exploring something new, whether it be food, a place, or a TV show!
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” (Robert Frost)
You be you 🙂