About My Clients
I do my best work with people 18 and older working on bettering the most important relationship there is--the one with themselves. This often looks like anxiety and depression, but can include a variety of other issues. I love using a mind/body/spirit approach to help people feel more confident, better able to set boundaries, and be more at peace in their corner of the universe. I also enjoy working with couples and am currently working on certification in Relational Life Therapy.
My Background and Approach
I've been doing social services work for over 16 years. In that time, I've found that the most powerful tool that helps people trying to improve their lives is a supportive relationship. That's right, more than any specific therapeutic approach, I believe that the very relationship itself between client and therapist is what most benefits those seeking support. (For those looking for more academic terms, "supportive psychotherapy" is what best fits what I'm describing here.) That said, of course there are some specific evidence-based tools that I do find helpful. Though I pull from an array of different approaches, I most often incorporate mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to help my clients build insight into what has them feeling stuck. Then, using that supportive relationship mentioned above, we work on incorporating this insight to move forward, all the while encouraging clients to become increasingly gentle with themselves.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that therapy is a space in which people should feel free to be themselves, especially in a world in which bias pervails in so many areas. And to be honest, I signed up for TherapyDen upon receiving one of their emails that highlighted their commitment to being anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-binaryist, anti-pretty-much-anything -ist! I'm inspired to be part of a community that strives to be more inclusive in the provision of mental health services. Also, on a personal level, I am a Mom, and this is one of my favorite roles! I love supporting other Moms, namely those who are struggling with everything that comes with becoming one for the first time, balancing being a Mom while also filling other roles, and adjusting to the role of being a Mom of adult children.