Areas of Expertise
Grief & Loss Therapy
Losing someone we love is never something we will "get over". It's life changing, some might say, life-shattering. Going to speak with a trained professional will not bring a miraculous healing, quick fix or a way to make the pain lessen on a specific time line, but what it can do is bring structure to a non-sensical situation, help you to pick up some of the pieces that have been shattered, while honoring the relationship with the person who is now gone, and gently guide you in a direction of finding purpose and meaning in life again.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a structured approach that focuses on understanding and changing both how you think (“cognitive”) and what you do (“behavior”) in order to resolve current life difficulties and reduce psychological symptoms and distress, especially anxiety. Whether you've struggled with anxiety all of your life, or it's situational,CBT provides you with a new way of understanding and approaching your problems, as well as targeting change in the unhealthy patterns that maintain your problems. Treatment is collaborative and emphasizes skill-building and problem-solving to improve functioning.
Addiction and Recovery Aftercare
“Aftercare” is a general term used to describe any ongoing or follow-up treatment for substance use disorder or eating disorders which occurs after an initial rehab program. Although the timeline for rehab or any formal treatment duration will vary, at some point this phase of recovery will approach an end point. Ongoing recovery efforts, however, are likely and encouraged to continue. I work on a case-by-case basis with both individuals and family members coping with substance use disorder or disordered eating, who have either already been in medically- assisted treatment or who are contemplating doing so. The goal is to prevent relapse, maintain recovery, and achieve a life filled with rewarding relationships and a sense of purpose.
A traumatic life experience can leave you with complex emotional issues to deal with. Not all these carry the official label, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). But they all hurt and can hold you back from living your life to the fullest. As a therapist who deals with psychological trauma, I will help you learn how to treat your feelings in a nonjudgmental and compassionate manner. This may be the last thing you feel like doing. But the truth is, therapy can help you learn to move toward and through your feelings and reduce the hold they have over you.
“...real, deep scars can heal, but not when band-aids replace self-reflection...”
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
― C.G. Jung
I'm incredibly passionate about seeing people have a deeper understanding of what they've experienced or are experiencing, and move towards healing, change and wholeness. I treat individuals going through loss and grief, anxiety, depression, life transitions of all kinds, as well as people enduring illness or recovery. I strive to provide hope, encouragement, occasional humor, and steadfast support as clients move toward recovering from life's challenges and tragedies
I imagine you want to feel like you've got it all together and that you're on the right track, but you've lost your sense of balance. Maybe you're going through a major life transition, like ending a relationship, moving to a new city, or starting a new career. Even the most welcome of changes come with their share of challenges, or maybe you find yourself in the same old patterns ending up in the same old place over and over without a clear idea of how to make lasting changes. I want to help you make the changes in yourself and in your life so that you feel more balanced, more focused, and better able to manage each challenge you face.
Meditation and mindfulness, for the cultivation of steadiness, presence and insight, has been an essential part of my own life and daily practice for nearly 10 years. I have a keen interest in the intersections between psychotherapy and spirituality, and the gifts that each of these fields can offer each other and to my clients.
I truly admire those willing to embark on the courageous journey toward transformation and am honored to stand beside them in their quest for happier, healthier, more productive and successful lives.