LCSW, Lead Supervisor
Losing my maternal grandfather to suicide in 2016 opened my mind to the world of mental health and ultimately paved the way for me to become a therapist. I had pursued other careers before but they never felt right. It was only when I decided to enter the mental health field that I felt a sense of calm and purpose. Three years after losing my grandfather to suicide, my mother was diagnosed with Stage three cancer. This not only made me aware of the fragility of life but shifted the way I practiced psychotherapy. I saw firsthand how trauma stored in the body can influence not only our mental health but also our physical health. I realized that the body and mind are not separate, but part of one holistic system. This realization inspired me to complete an intensive Yoga Teacher training in order to better guide others through this mind/body healing. My purpose as a clinician and as a human is to help others understand and reframe their unique trauma and vulnerability as a superpower.
As a therapist, I work with late teens to adults who experience anxiety, depressive symptoms, trauma, and/or mild to moderate eating disorder symptoms. In my sessions, I use somatic practices involving movement, breathwork and meditative techniques alongside Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and psychoeducation. Through these interventions, clients can discover an innate calm, peace, and centeredness free from the external factors that tend to disrupt it. It is my intention to help your body remember this state of being which is a reflection of who you really are underneath it all. In our therapeutic relationship, you can expect a fellow human sitting across from you rather than an expert who thinks they know better. My goal is to serve as a temporary guide as you develop the strength, self-trust, self-acceptance, and resilience to become your own healer.
Past clients report gaining knowledge, awareness, and insight into their experience and symptomology, increased self-trust and self-esteem as well as becoming more skilled at recognizing and meeting their needs. They also experience improvements in emotional regulation, distress tolerance, self-acceptance, self-compassion, confidence and empowerment, boundaries, lifestyle, self-talk, and self-care. Most importantly, many of them no longer view their experiences/symptoms as burdens but instead as a way the body/mind has been protecting and keeping them safe.
When not working I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and dog, traveling, taking road trips, hiking, and being in nature. You may also find me posted up in a coffee shop reading a book, doing yoga & meditating, or embracing whatever new experiences life presents me with.