About My Clients
My practice is tailored to help people-pleasers & new moms-- two of the most overworked groups out there. What do they have in common? They are loving, tenderhearted people who do a great job of caring for others and a sh*t job caring for themselves. Over time, the chronic overwork and running on empty can lead to depression, anxiety, and burnout. People-pleasers feel they must "perform" to earn love. A new mom and a people-pleaser? It's the perfect storm. Fortunately, therapy can help.
My Background and Approach
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) in Texas, License #65595. I have an MS in Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. I earned my BA in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies at Emory University. I use talk therapy and EMDR in my work. My biggest theoretical influences are interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, mindfulness, and more recently, body-based ways of working. Bonnie Badenoch, Dan Siegel and Juliane Taylor Shore are my biggest guides and academic crushes. I choose to work with people-pleasers and new mothers in my practice because these are struggles I know well. People-pleasing is sometimes known by other names-- codependency, anxious attachment. It all refers to the same stuff.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
The problem of overwork and overwhelm that people-pleasers and new moms face comes from broken familial and cultural expectations. People-pleasers are taught in their families that they are not entitled to their own time and effort until they've tended to everyone else first. Girls learn how to accommodate others early on in life. Mothers and fathers are not supported with reasonable parental leave in the United States. I believe these expectations and cultural policies are wounding, and I think responsible therapy should speak to these pieces. I am a feminist therapist. I seek to understand problems in context. You may have had a childhood that has caused you suffering and shaped you-- but I believe there is always more to the picture, and I seek to understand those pieces of your story, too. I offer talk therapy, EMDR, and free consultations for anyone considering working with me. If I'm not the right therapist for you, I'll help you connect with someone who is.