Individual Therapy

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain”
— Dolly Parton

Each person begins therapy for different reasons, and in those differences I seek to understand your unique qualities and experiences. Together we explore who you are and how certain behaviors, beliefs and responses have led you to therapy. We work towards developing insight, gaining awareness, and utilizing tools to create lasting psychological change. I believe that change is built from a foundation of compassionate noticing and finding intrinsic motivation. Importantly, much of that understanding must come from a place of exploring relational, biological, socio-cultural aspects. It is my goal to get to know you so that you can get to know yourself–to better understand your thoughts, feelings, needs, conscious and unconscious beliefs/narratives, and relationship dynamics. Together we use that information to get to the action – the behavior change, the communication tools, the stress management techniques, and the improved relationships.

Couples Therapy

“Genuine love is rarely an emotional space where needs are instantly gratified. To know love we have to invest time and commitment…’dreaming that love will save us, solve all our problems or provide a steady state of bliss or security only keeps us stuck in wishful fantasy, undermining the real power of the love — which is to transform us.’”
— bell hooks

Seeking connection is an innate part of the human experience–we long for it–and when that feels threatened, conflict often ensues. Based on early relationship development, we each learn different strategies to feel connected and safe; however, sometimes those strategies can be misaligned or stop working. We often get lost in cycles of conflict– making assumptions, projecting, becoming defensive or self-protective, and subsequently participate in dysfunctional communication patterns. In couples therapy, we work to unpack these nuances and create greater awareness around your individual contribution to these particular cycles of conflict. We seek to practice empathy and understanding for each other’s needs and build effective communication and connection that feels approachable and safe. I assist couples in developing a secure relationship that thrives on play, trust, resilience, and a knowingness that each person can be both dependent and independent and still feel “okay.”

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety
  • Sleep Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress Management
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Identity Formation
  • Family Conflict