My Approach to Therapy

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” -Socrates

I have provided evidence-based, trauma-informed services with adults, children, and families in private practice, community mental health, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and residential treatment. I utilize an effective mix of person-centered (i.e., you choose your goals, we work together), evidence-based (i.e., research backs it up) and strengths-based (i.e., honing in on assets, successes, and what is going right) approaches.

I lean on therapy models like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family-Based Treatment, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Interventions. I have also completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India and have received additional training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. I help people explore their inner worlds and relationships, change unwanted behaviors, and learn strategies to manage distress.

Some particular areas of clinical interest include: Disordered Eating and Exercise in Children, Teens, and Adults and Young Adult Issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, etc.)

The cultural mental health stigma and shortage of skilled mental health professionals are critical issues facing the world today. Mental health issues emerge from a combination of genetics, neurobiology, psychological influences, early childhood experiences, relational dynamics, and environmental factors. Many people wait to see a professional until their concerns are unbearable, instead of taking a preventative approach the moment they feel something is off.

At some point, everyone experiences a sense of “I just don’t feel like myself” or “Something is off/up/wrong/missing/etc.”- this is normal.  If something feels off in your body, you see a doctor. When you have a toothache, you go to the dentist. When you’re struggling with heartbreak, grief, or stress, consultation with a therapist makes total sense.

Human beings share many of the same struggles and needs- we all desire safety and security, connection to others, validation that we are seen and matter, and a sense of purpose in life. As Harry Stack Sullivan would say, “We are all much more human than otherwise.” And yet, the irony and beauty of the human experience is… even though 99% of our DNA is similar, we all vary– each one of us is refreshingly original. “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” My hope is that you are always blooming- simply, in your own way.