About My Clients
You feel confused and lost - like you don't belong. You have friends and maybe even a romantic partner but these relationships feel one-sided and unsatisfying. Sometimes you think people only like you because of all the things you do for them but you also worry that if you stop, no one will stick around. You feel "weird" because you don't connect to things like "everyone else." You are tired of feeling this way but scared to hope that things can get better.
My Background and Approach
My approach to therapy is to treat every client as the expert on their own life and experiences. You will always know more about what has happened and how you think and feel about it than I ever will. Using your understanding and knowledge as a guide, we work collaboratively to discuss what you would like to change and develop strength-based strategies to do so. This is all done within a safe, therapeutic space so you may feel open to discussing your concerns and needs. I spend a lot of time validating my client's experiences as they have often been made to feel bad or guilty for things that happened to them. Validation and empowerment are a huge part of my therapy approach because often, people who are suffering from guilt and low self-esteem have experienced some kind of psychological abuse, neglect, or manipulation. I'm all about personal responsibility so you can take responsibility for things within your control in my therapy room but we work on not taking on things that aren't.
Social Justice Issues I Care About
I approach therapy from a social justice perspective. This has become particularly important to me in light of the current political climate in the US, which has made life increasingly difficult for many people. I stand in solidarity with anyone facing discrimination and oppression and my office is a safe place for discussing these concerns.