"We're all just walking each other home"
What I think -
We all have a story to tell, a need to be understood, and a place to belong. I seek to provide a safe place to explore, dream, grieve, process, hope, learn, and pursue growth and transformation. I feel deeply honored to bear witness to the stories and experiences of the clients that I see, as I strive to help illuminate the path to healing and wholeness. I believe that all clients, whether I am working with individuals, couples, or families, have unique strengths and remarkable resilience that can be leveraged to meet their therapeutic goals. My role as a therapist and counselor is to support my clients with their own stated goals for therapy. We will work together as a team in pursuit of your vision. My hope is that the therapeutic space and relationship that is built will feel open and non-judgmental, marked by freedom and acceptance, and that the skills and healing that occur in the room will spill over into my client's life and relationships.
Furthermore, I believe that we were all created and wired for beauty, connection, and relationship. I also hold that each human being has intrinsic value and dignity, and is worthy of care and grace. My core values are driven by justice and mercy, love and acceptance of all people, and pursuit of a life that is marked by beauty, connection, healing and transformation. I seek to bring these personal convictions and values into my therapeutic relationships. I am pleased and honored to work with all people, regardless of religious orientation (or lack thereof), gender, sexual orientation/identity, race, ethnicity, or economic background.
How I practice -
I have done extensive research on multicultural counseling, and will always endeavor to counsel my clients with respect and in consideration of the beautiful spectrum of human diversity. Clinically speaking, I approach people (as well as communities and beyond) from a systemic perspective, which focuses on the ways that people, families, and environments are all connected and mutually influential. I consider the way patterns of relationships affect identity, experiences, and behaviors, and am interested in making these connections with my clients. My therapy is infused with a lot of wacky humor, and we will emphasize your strengths and progress.
Clinical research tells us that our relationships and experiences shape and influence our brains, our physiologies, and thus our feelings and relationships. While we are certainly affected by what happens to us, we are not determined by it. New experiences and connections can change the way that our brain works, bringing about healing, wholeness, and health. This is GREAT NEWS! This is why I approach therapy from a trauma-informed, attachment perspective. The therapeutic relationship matters so much, and so does the meaning you make of your life and your story. We will work together to create safe connection, understanding, and change.
If you're interested in the clinical jargon, I lean towards theories and interventions found in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Polyvagal Theory in Clinical Practice, Internal Family Systems and Ego Psychology, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Experiential Therapy, and Narrative Therapy - all through a trauma informed, attachment focused lens. I am also trained in EMDR therapy, a clinically efficacious intervention that targets PTSD, traumatic responses, and stuck patterns of beliefs and behaviors.