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I bring to therapy an ethical commitment to anti-oppressive, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed practice that centers a client’s inherent dignity & worth. 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 balance. Specifically, I have received training in evidence-based practices including:

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 & Stress

  • Depression & Bipolar

  • Grief & Loss

  • Guilt & Shame

  • Identity Development

  • Life Changes/Transitions

  • Perfectionism & OCD

  • Relationship Challenges

  • School or Work Challenges

  • Self-Harming

  • Suicidal Thoughts

  • Trauma & PTSD

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

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

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

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

  • ScrupulosityManaging anxiety or OCD involving spiritual/religious themes (e.g. worries about breaking rules, sinning, going to hell, or similar)

At this time, I am not typically able to offer therapy for the following: eating disorders (e.g. anorexia, bulimia), substance use disorders (e.g. alcohol or drug dependency), psychotic disorders (e.g. schizophrenia), couples counseling, or counseling with children 13 & under. If you need to address these topics, I recommend seeking treatment 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 2-3 years or more. Depending on your personality, interests, and needs, therapy sessions could involve…

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

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

  • 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

  • Inviting a loved one (e.g. a spouse, a parent) to join you for one or a few session(s) to help them understand how to support you

  • 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.

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