I bring to therapy an ethical commitment to anti-oppressive, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed practice that centers a client’s inherent dignity & worth and pursues a client’s utmost safety & wellbeing. Clinically, my theoretical orientation tends to be solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral, with an emphasis on “third wave” cognitive-behavioral therapies which integrate principles of mindfulness, acceptance, and somatic awareness. Specifically, I have received training in evidence-based practices including but not limited to:

Drawing on these approaches, I’m equipped to provide individual therapy for older adolescents, college students & young adults, and adults of all ages, addressing topics including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety & OCD

  • Depression

  • Eating & Body Image Concerns

  • Effects of Oppression & Discrimination

  • Gender & Sexuality

  • Guilt & Shame

  • Grief & Loss

  • Life Changes/Transitions

  • Mood Fluctuations

  • Perfectionism

  • Relationships

  • Self-Harming

  • Suicidal Thoughts

  • Stress & Burnout

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Work & Career Challenges

In addition to the topics above, I have a special interest in working with Spiritual/Religious Concerns, including but not limited to:

  • Deconstruction: Holding space for spiritual/religious beliefs & practices that may feel confusing, conflicting, or changing and seeking beliefs & practices which feel authentic to you

  • Intersectional Identities: Navigating ways that spiritual/religious identity might intersect with gender, sexuality, race, culture, ability, and more

  • Religious Trauma or Spiritual Abuse: Processing stressful or traumatic experiences such as abuse, coercion, manipulation, discrimination, or rejection that have occurred in spiritual/religious contexts

  • ScrupulosityManaging anxiety, fear, or OCD involving spiritual/religious themes such as worries about breaking rules, sinning, or going to hell

At this time, I am not typically able to offer therapy for the following topics: counseling with children 13 and under, significant eating disorders (eg. anorexia, bulimia) requiring medical attention, significant substance use disorders (e.g. alcohol or drug dependency) requiring medical attention, or significant psychotic disorders (e.g. schizophrenia). If needing help with these topics, for your health and safety, I recommend seeking a clinician or treatment facility specializing in these areas. 

What can you expect in therapy? In short, you can expect a space to safely explore your thoughts and feelings. Therapy sessions typically last 45-55 minutes. The first 1-3 sessions are typically focused on meeting one another, gathering information about a variety of aspects of your life, clarifying what goals you would like to work on, and identifying if we’re a good fit to work on those goals together. Therapy sessions typically occur on a weekly basis, with the possibility of meeting more or less frequently if/when we feel that’s appropriate. If we decide to work together, we’ll continue to meet as long as you need, checking in periodically about how things are going. Some people do well with 3-4 months of solution-focused therapy to address a specific challenge, while others benefit from ongoing support for a year or more. Depending on your personality, interests, and needs, therapy sessions could involve…

  • Learning healthy coping skills in areas such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness

  • Noticing patterns in your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships

  • Considering new ways to think about things

  • Clarifying your values

  • Building kindness and compassion towards yourself – body, mind, and soul 

  • Assessing and diagnosing psychiatric conditions, if applicable

  • Connecting you to additional supports such as psychiatrists, specialists, community resources, support groups, etc.

Please feel free to Contact me directly if you would like to ask any specific questions, schedule an initial intake appointment, or arrange a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we might be a good fit.