I never knew all the ways I had learned to protect myself from the pain of feelings, vulnerability and shame. Some of it came in the form of the harsh inner self critic (of which I wasn't even always aware) and some of it came in the form of appearing to "have it all together". How exhausting! I've done a lot of work in these areas and others in my own life and with my clients. I am still in awe of the powerful effects of therapy - a place where you can show up with all of the parts of yourself in a safe space where you will not be judged; where someone across from you can access the same human feelings in themselves. It can be a quite profound and healing experience.
I graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC #4957) in the state of California as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC #9195) in the state of Massachusetts.
I am holistically-trained which means I use a variety of approaches in my counseling work depending on your needs and goals. I believe therapy should be a collaboration between the two people in the room. I practice both traditional "talk therapy" as well as more "mind-body therapies" like Brainspotting which is a way that can help people heal from trauma without having to relive the experiences. I also believe in the power of laughter and shared experience.
I have worked in a variety of settings including in-home therapy, outpatient therapy, and residential treatment centers and have trained in mindfulness practices if that is something you are interested in trying/working with.
I have post graduate training in a variety of areas including being a current trainee of Relational Gestalt work through the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI) which informs the way I work which is together with clients as opposed to me, the therapist, being in the “expert role”; I’m only an “expert” on me.
I am trauma therapy trained as well as LGBTQ+ affirmative, and multi-culturally aware meaning I believe in the inherent value and rights of all people while understanding that everyone’s world of experience is different.
On a personal note, I am a music lover, a former city person turned nature lover, and enjoy a good Netflix night.