About My Clients
The bulk of my experience is with severe and persistent psychiatric symptoms in both inpatient and outpatient settings, focused on providing solution-focused and trauma-informed care. I believe in being your authentic self, both for the client and clinician. That might mean talking about our favorite music or if Marvel is better than DC comics. My clients have various backgrounds and I don't agree with a "one size fits all" approach to counseling.
My Background and Approach
I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy (without all the “worksheets”) to help combat that inner critic that tells us that “we aren’t good enough.” A person-centered approach is an important part of therapy and that means listening, building trust, and understanding that everyone’s journey is unique. I’m passionate about career development, whether it’s feeling “stuck” in your job or wanting to move to the next level. Having changed professions myself, I understand the importance of aligning personal values with career goals. I also understand the effect that chronic pain has on our mental health, the exhaustion it causes getting through even the smallest tasks every day. I believe we have to look at our body as a whole, because our physical and mental health go hand in hand. Our bodies will let us know when we need to slow down and take time to rest.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Everyone needs an affirming, judgement free place where they can share themselves fully. Since childhood, therapy has been an important part in improving my mental health. It was my own success in therapy that guided me to leave my former career in management to become a counselor. I believe that a major component of being a therapist is advocating for social justice. My experience in working with clients involved in the criminal justice system has grown my passion for change, especially when it comes to increasing access for mental health services. I'm an ally for the LGBTQIA+ community, as it has been close to my heart with my family and friends. I strive to make my sessions a safe and inclusive space for my clients. If you are interested in learning more about my services, please send me message. I also offer in person appts!