You’re coping, but you want to thrive. Therapy can help.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arlington, VA
If you have a neurodivergent brain like I do, chances are, you’ve developed a variety of tools to manage in a neurotypical world. Maybe these tools are no longer working or new roadblocks have gotten in the way. Maybe you are exhausted by efforts to mask your neurodivergence. Therapy can help you understand and appreciate your brain, identify and maximize strengths, develop a sense of authenticity, increase self-compassion, improve self-image, and learn effective problem-solving strategies.
Anxiety can show up in many ways. You may have noticed racing thoughts, uncomfortable physical sensations, irritability, or trouble sleeping. You may be struggling with intrusive thoughts, excessive worry, phobias, or panic attacks. Stressful experiences can lead to mood swings, feelings of guilt and shame, hopelessness, difficulty concentrating, physical symptoms, and many other symptoms. If anxiety, stress, or trauma are affecting your ability to function at home or work, therapy can help.
Whether you are graduating, starting a new job, moving, getting married or divorced, having children, or switching careers – life transitions can be tricky. Some transitions can activate old, unhelpful patterns or even trigger trauma responses. Even the life transitions we consider to be positive can cause stress. Therapy can help you better understand your thoughts and emotions, process the changes that are occurring, and find a path forward.
Ecotherapy combines the healing power of nature with traditional therapeutic techniques. Exposure to nature can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and increase concentration. We can help you develop a plan to increase your contact with nature – including increasing outdoor activities, engaging in nature-based grounding exercises, or adding natural elements to your home and work environments.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (known as ACT) is an empowering and effective approach that helps you refocus on the things that matter most. If you have tried Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in the past but still struggle with problematic thought patterns, ACT might be a good fit. With ACT, you will learn how to observe your thoughts without getting hooked by them. Rather than trying to change or banish unwanted thoughts, you will learn how to change how you relate to them.
Getting enough quality sleep is essential to good health and mental well being. If you are struggling with insomnia, you may be experiencing difficulty falling or staying asleep, struggling with daytime fatigue, or having trouble concentrating. CBT-I is an evidence-based treatment for insomnia that is highly recommended by sleep experts and medical providers. It addresses the underlying causes of sleeplessness and helps you develop healthy sleep habits.
Overwhelmed by anxiety, panic, or worry? Struggling to cope with everyday situations? You are not alone. Anxiety disorders can make it difficult to engage in social activities, pursue personal and professional goals, and enjoy life to the fullest. When you feel overwhelmed and anxious, it can be hard to get out of survival mode. Therapy can help. Fortunately, there are many effective treatment options for anxiety disorders and related conditions.
As a licensed clinical therapist, I help people who are struggling with work-life balance and other career-related issues. I especially enjoy working with neurodivergent entrepreneurs, creatives, and other professionals who feel stuck or frustrated by how their brains function. Please reach out if are trying to create a better work-life balance, navigate a career change, find greater personal or professional fulfillment, or recover from burnout.
I describe myself as a holistic therapist. What does that mean? Holistic therapists view their clients as whole people rather than collections of symptoms and problems. Using this lens, I help my clients better understand themselves, develop self-acceptance, focus on personal growth, and live fuller lives.
If you have an ADHD brain like I do, chances are you’ve developed a system of tricks and tools to manage in a neurotypical world. Maybe these tactics are no longer working or new roadblocks have gotten in the way. Maybe you are exhausted by ongoing efforts to mask your neurodivergence. Neuro-affirming therapy offers a fresh perspective that fosters self-acceptance and personal growth. My approach is strengths-based and empowering, tailored to honor and harness your unique strengths and talents.