I have been an EMDR therapist since 2011 and have worked as a school counselor and in private practice. As a psychotherapist, I utilize insights into the neural processes which contribute to how we process information, how we respond to events, and ultimately, how we feel. I enjoy working with people who are ready to feel differently. I can help them find their way to a better different.
I work to create an environment that promotes an individual’s own ability to express themselves and be creative. I take a holistic and whole person approach to stimulate our internal healing mechanism. I enjoy working with all ages.
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I have a unique background with training in developmental psychology and counseling that allows me to holistically assess and treat the specific needs of each client. I am trained in EMDR and integrate other therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, as well as Internal Family Systems.
I provide individual therapy and work with individuals 15 and up. I also have a graduate certificate in gerontology and also enjoy working with older adults. I have experience working with a variety of concerns, such as trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship issues and divorce, and codependency.
I thoroughly enjoy helping clients make changes they wish to see in their lives. I believe that a trusting, authentic relationship between therapist and client is paramount to healing, therefore collaboration and building rapport with my clients is deeply important.
I work from a humanistic and person-centered approach to help clients create a life they consider meaningful. I also integrate emotional intelligence and mindfulness and acceptance-based principles into my work to help clients change their relationship with their thoughts and emotions and make choices that are consistent with what is most important to them. It is important to me to interact with clients with compassion and empathy, and sprinkle in some humor along the way.
My goals are to support clients in developing positive emotions such as self-compassion, humor, and gratitude while also learning how to relate to all emotions as fleeting. This ultimately helps clients manage stress, fear, and anxiety more effectively, empathize with others, communicate more effectively, and build healthier relationships. When we can learn to honor our internal experiences, relate to our emotions in a non-judgmental way, and treat ourselves with compassion, we can begin to create change and build meaningful lives for ourselves.
I specialize in working with young adults, youth, and athletes or performers, but am continuing to expand my interests and passions as a mental health practitioner. I am a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and an EMDR-professional.
I take a humanistic and person-centered approach to working with people. I believe that everyone has the capacity to heal and grow, and doing that work is most possible in an environment that is warm and non-judgmental. I take a whole-person approach that is grounded in EMDR and AIP Theory, Polyvagal Theory and Attachment Theory. I also enjoy integrating techniques from yoga, music, breath work, mindfulness, and Transactional Analysis.
My focus includes an emphasis on understanding the importance of how racism, homophobia, misogyny, transphobia, etc. impact how we have developed and how we interact with the world. By honoring our experiences in the systems around us, I help people heal parts of themselves that have been rejected and shamed.
In addition to EMDR, I am trained in Reiki and yoga. My background includes training in music as a classical pianist. I now specialize in working with grief and stress-based disorders and have additional experience in pastoral care. Throughout all these experiences, what continues to motivate me is that through meaningful connection to self and others, so much is possible.