My approach in

individual therapy

My work is relationally based. Using our relationship as a place to explore parts of yourself more deeply, your relationship with and to yourself becomes more in focus when we work together. I find that within the safety of a therapeutic relationship, people can explore new parts of themselves, and these insights can lead to changes outside of therapy and often within other relationships that help them improve the problems in their life. I hope to be a warm and gentle presence, while also challenging you to examine parts of your life that aren’t working for you, and I share my observations with you with direct and compassionate communication. 

I work with you to explore the root cause of your current problems, struggles, or pain in your life. Grounded in an interpersonal, family systems and an attachment-based and trauma informed lens, we may explore the influence of your past on your present life. Together we explore your experiences more deeply, with an aim to heal and process hurts, disconnections, losses, traumas, so as to create more room in your life for experiences and relationships that bring you joy, fulfillment, and purpose. 

 We may also explore what you want in your future and help you more closely align your hopes, aspirations, and goals to your values. I believe in fostering change by helping you reclaim your inherent strengths and realign (or rediscover) your core values with how you live or wish to live in the world. 

I work experientially, meaning we focus on what you may be thinking and feeling or noticing in your body when we talk about the concerns in your life. I draw from my training in the evidenced-based work of Emotionally Focused Therapy for individuals to highlight how you react to your emotions, especially in your interpersonal relationships, and to help you shift patterns that keep you from feeling close to others and fulfilled and accepting of yourself. Within a holistic mind-body approach, I use a somatic based focus to attend to your body and nervous system.

I honor and respect your racial, gender, socio-economic, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual life, family and personal history, and other identities and acknowledge the impact and influences of the broader context in which you live and your multiple and intersecting identities.

Areas of focus

  • Anxiety/stress management/burnout
  • Depression
  • Life transitions and changes
  • Self-esteem, sense of self
  • Grief/loss (e.g., relationship loss, death of loved ones, miscarriage, divorce/separation)
  • Parenting and/or caregiving challenges/stress
  • Career exploration, changes/finding purpose in work
  • Family of origin issues
  • Meaning/purpose/spirituality 
  • Relationship concerns 
  • Trauma
  • Women’s issues
  • Oppression (racism, sexism)
  • Healthcare professionals and other therapists/psychologists
  • Health issues (coping with chronic issue, substance use, improving a relationship to food/body)