My approach is wellness-oriented with a foundation in behavioral science. I view my clients as capable people who benefit from information and support. I work hard to build a productive and compassionate therapeutic relationship. I strive to bring a balance of patience, positivity, and professionalism to our work.
I am especially committed to respecting your beliefs, identity, culture, religion, and personal history. I will do my best to develop an accurate understanding of you, your life experiences, and what you hope to achieve. We will tie our work to a goal that is meaningful to you. I will collaborate with you to find workable solutions based on your values and your willingness to modify unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I will recommend credible tools and strategies based on what you are willing and able to do.
When you're done with therapy, you'll understand yourself better. You'll have new strategies and solutions at your disposal. My past clients have reported gains like feeling better, having more hope, and achieving personal and professional goals.
I specialize in teletherapy for adults with:
ANXIETY: It's normal to experience some anxiety. Too much anxiety, for too long, can leave you feeling stuck and overwhelmed. Anxiety can lead to wear-and-tear on your physical and mental health. When anxiety becomes a problem, you'll notice symptoms like worry, negative thoughts, anger, difficulty focusing, and even physical issues like muscle tension and difficulty sleeping. You can learn to manage anxiety. A fresh perspective, new strategies, and positive momentum can make a big difference.
STRESS OVERLOAD AND TRAUMA: Any situation, from daily hassles to trauma, can trigger a stress reaction. Ironically, stress can get really bad when you're doing something meaningful or ambitious--like going to school, changing careers, healing from the past, fulfilling a lifelong dream, taking care of others, or dealing with illness. If you have lots of responsibilities, judge yourself harshly, or struggle with balance or fulfillment, then you're probably stressed. I can help you learn new tools and skills while working toward your goals.
COMPLEX IDENTITY: If you feel like you're different in any way, it can be hard to feel confident and secure. Maybe you feel misunderstood, judged, or criticized--by others or yourself. Maybe you're a creative, sensitive, or neurodivergent. Maybe you're a cultural or social minority. I have personal and professional experience navigating traits and conditions like high drive, high sensitivity (as described by Dr. Elaine Aron), ADHD, sensory processing issues, creativity, giftedness, and twice exceptionality. If you suspect that you fit one or more of these categories, therapy can be a great way to understand and support yourself.
Regardless of what you're going through, you're not deeply flawed. Therefore, you don't have to be fixed in order to live a good life. My approach is to help you live in alignment with your values, goals, and strengths. I believe it's possible to explore your struggles and focus on personal growth at the same time.
It's easy to get caught up our pain and struggles. We start to lose connection with what matters--like who we are, our sense of purpose and drive, positivity, confidence, and fulfillment. We can get stuck in negative thoughts, uncomfortable emotions, and bad habits. Enlisting my services can help you untangle from your struggle and change things for the better.
My style of psychotherapy is mostly talk therapy. Talk therapy is a specialized dialogue with a professional who listens very deeply to you, asks exploratory questions, and guides you to find ways to think and act differently. I may use experiential exercises like deep breathing and prompting you to notice your emotions. I develop customized homework assignments to make sure you have opportunities to apply the benefits of therapy to your day-to-day life.
The primary therapy I use is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It’s based on the idea that you can take action in a flexible way toward the life that you want, based on your values and beliefs. In therapy, we focus mainly on you and your life right now. This allows us to look at the past, present, and future with a clear focus and perspective.
I also use concepts and techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a therapy that is well-known for building four types of skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The term mindfulness has grown in popularity. I use the term mindfulness in a clinical way, as a set of skills and behaviors. A good way to describe mindfulness is that it's the opposite of mindlessness. Being mindful helps you observe what's happening in the present moment, without getting tangled up in unwanted thoughts, feelings, emotions, urges, and sensations. Being mindful helps you see things as they are, not as you wish they were, or wish they weren't. I take great care to explore whether using mindfulness techniques aligns with your personal and spiritual beliefs.
At times, I may use Brainspotting or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to support functional change. They can be used two ways: to promote posttraumatic growth and reduce performance blocks. If you tend to get stuck in frustrating psychological or behavioral patterns, a combination of talk therapy and Brainspotting or EMDR may be effective for you.
Since I combine multiple types of therapy, I am an integrative therapist. Integrative Therapy means that I use a variety of clinical techniques and theories, based on my training, education, and experience. I am also trauma-informed, which means that I am sensitive to the impact of psychological trauma and adverse childhood experiences. I would be happy to explain more about each therapy and how I integrate them as appropriate. All humans, and most problems, are complex, so I tailor my work with each client.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS and COLLABORATIONS
I value cultural humility and social progress. Currently, I participate in three causes:
mental health among vulnerable and underserved persons;
promoting awareness about neurodiversity;
and family social-emotional wellness.
I've presented at local, state, and national forums on a variety of topics related to psychosocial wellness, professional practice, and practical ways to promote health and well-being.
I customize all of my presentations, based on the audience and venue.
Please contact me to inquire about booking me for a speaking event.