About My Clients
I work primarily with adults over 30 years of age. A few of my specialties include working with: depression, trauma, grief, codependency, loss-of-meaning, major life-transitions, betrayal, and anxiety. In addition, I have a passion for those who identify as Highly Sensitive and Anxious Attachment styles.
My Background and Approach
While some of the issues leading us to start psychotherapy might be relieved relatively quickly, I have found as we begin clear away the initial symptoms we find that our issues may be much more complex and require time and the right attention to be effectively worked through. I believe the best work we have ahead of us isn’t merely to alleviate negative symptoms, but to help create real, deep, and lasting change; change that helps elevate us closer to our greatest potential. I strive to create the connection, bond, and sense of care needed for us to do this work together. Clients have described my approach as authentic, real, and interactive. I believe a relatable and engaged interaction with thoughtful feedback and reflection are the foundations to working through such important and big changes. Ultimately my goal is to build a strong, trusting, and reliable relationship together, helping you to further hear your true voice and in turn find direction and balance.
Why I Became a Therapist
My professional journey to become a therapist began some 30 years ago when I was 17 years old. Fresh out of high school, a bit lost and disoriented, I agreed to take a Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aid course with a friend. After completing my training, I worked in a variety of hospital settings including post-op, sub-acute, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities. What proved to have the greatest impact on me was working in hospice care with patients and their struggle to find meaning, as well as with grief-stricken adult children with loved ones in dementia care nursing homes. It was during this time a growing passion for knowing others’ pain, connecting with them through our shared pain, and working to help diminish this pain. This- combined with growing up in a family riddled with pain from mental illness, generational dysfunction, and addiction -paved the way for my passion to help others heal.