Clients describe me as both empathetic and challenging. I am all about being “real” — I’ll be honest about my own mistakes, bold when necessary, and always validating of your experiences and how they’ve impacted you. I am also comfortable with seemingly “uncomfortable” topics — sex, money, gender roles, whatever — while also welcoming the humor and joy that often arises on the journey self-discovery.
As your counselor, I’m also invested in my own growth. I don’t believe in asking my clients to go anywhere I have not gone myself, because I know how hard it can be to really commit to the therapeutic process. Fortunately, I also know that it’s worth it: that the hard work of counseling can result in true life change.
At the end of the day, my goal is to help clients achieve a sense of steadiness in their lives: a confidence in themselves and their relationships that comes from knowing they can be “ok” in the face of life’s ups and downs.
Connection: Our past experiences have influenced and programmed us for how we act, think, and feel today. By uncovering this programming and the purpose it serves in life, I help you deconstruct unhealthy patterns and build new ones.
Congruence: Anxiety, communication breakdown, and discontentment are often the cause of areas of our life being out of balance. I aim to help you bring life back into harmony, guiding you to intentionality in what you do, why you do it, and where you put your energy.
Curiosity: Fostering a spirit of curiosity allows you to stop, assess, and decide how to approach a situation. You can learn to evaluate the narrative you are creating and to first seek to understand yourself and your partner before reacting.
I work continuously to examine my privilege as a white, able-bodied, cis-gendered woman, and to acknowledge how my privileges influence how I experience the world. I am committed to being open to feedback and processing around differences with clients.