About My Clients
Adolescents/teens, young adults, and people across the gender and sexuality spectrums are my areas of focus. I specifically help people relieve the symptoms of shame, anxiety, depression, and inner criticism by guiding them towards self-understanding and self-compassion with action-oriented steps.
My Background and Approach
My approach is very interactive; I bring my full self into the room, and invite clients to do the same. At the beginning of working with someone new, emphasis in placed on getting clear about what it is they are seeking and then collaborating with them to decide the pace and direction we go. I love guiding people in becoming aware of any unconscious beliefs that are getting in their way. Some of this work involves going back into the past, staying in the present, and/or planning action steps to make shifts in the future. Core to this approach is working with people and their inner critics - the (often unconscious) limiting beliefs we have about ourselves that shape the lens through which we see ourselves and our world. "I'm not good enough," "I always mess up," “I’m not capable,” etc - I help people to recognize, understand, and then move beyond their inner critic by gaining deep understanding of their self and engaging in the practice of self-compassion.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I have long been connected to the experience of using my life to better the lives of those around me - this desire was amplified by my experience being an emotionally sensitive child who experienced a lot of the darkness (pain, insecurity, anxiety, depression, and fear) as well as the gifts of lightness (joy, love, support, hope). I operate my life from a mission to help as many people as possible while still fulfilling individual passion. The work that occurs in the therapeutic and human development space is where this belief comes to life for me, and I’m so grateful to love what I do. And I believe therapy is awesome. There still seems to be a cultural belief that paints therapy as something for the weak, the broken, and the crazy, and I have a hard time with this because I believe the opposite. I believe anyone who steps up into a therapeutic space exhibits strength and courage, and is taking responsibility over their life.