About My Clients
For therapy, I often treat depression and anxiety in contexts such as adjusting to new life circumstances or struggling with major life decisions. I also work with clients coping with chronic illness, especially autoimmune disorders. These disorders can be depressing, anxiety-provoking, and anger-inducing, as your body can feel like it’s failing you, and on top of that, other people don’t always get it. Additionally, I conduct one-time psychological assessments.
My Background and Approach
I’ve worked in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, embedded mental health clinics, an academic environment, and now private practice. I use a cognitive behavioral therapy model, and I also incorporate acceptance and mindfulness. I aim to make clients feel listened to and understood, and to equip them with relevant knowledge to better understand and accept themselves and their reactions to what is happening. Over the course of our sessions, I also aim to equip clients with specific knowledge and tools to be able to tackle their problems or frustrations with flexibility and build them up for long term success after therapy ends.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Human rights are incredibly important to me and social justice movements are part of this important fight. There are many causes I'm passionate about, but since this site is about mental health care, I'll talk about that. I believe that health care includes mental health care. I believe the US has the means to provide universal health care and should do so, but failing that, I believe private health insurance should adequately cover mental health care (meaning no "ghost networks" for patients to wade through, no burdensome claims denials or mental health preauthorization hurdles for patients and providers alike, nor ridiculously low reimbursement rates or claw backs that devalues therapists' expertise/time and drives too many mental health providers to only accept cash pay). I also believe mental health care workers deserve fair wages (I'm talking about you Talkspace and Better Help). Mental health care is health care and needs to be de-stigmatized. https://youtu.be/jtIZZs-GAOA