I believe that life is one big learning experience, and that growing and changing for the better is possible at any stage. By learning to accept, express, and love your authentic self, the things that make you different and special, you can gain the greatest fulfillment in life. Through my own therapy I’ve learned how to keep depressive and anxious thoughts at bay, and see life in a more positive light. I love to help my clients find more confidence, hope, and inner peace.
I have been endlessly fascinated with the human psyche and relationships for as long as I can remember. Through my 20s, I was personally suffering deeply in ways I didn’t fully understand. I found myself caught up in an emotionally toxic relationship, which at the time I never imagined someone who thought of herself as a strong, independent feminist would end up in. I realized that being a victim of abuse is not something that just happens to “weak,” or “naive” people. Rather it is something can happen to anyone, as a result of our early programming and attachment styles. When I finally broke free from that relationship, I had a lot of work to do to find myself again, rebuild my self-esteem, and heal. After trying out various jobs, which weren’t fulfilling my soul, I realized that my true calling was to help others who were struggling.
My life’s path eventually led me to get my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University. While at Antioch I participated in one of the country’s first LBGT specializations, where I learned about the unique and complex history and struggles of the LGBT community, and how to work with an LGBTQIA+ affirmative approach. I also had the very fortunate opportunity to travel to Japan and France to study the ways in which Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, and the practice of meditation, can be integrated with western schools of psychology to improve mental health. Those experiences greatly inform and influence the work I do with my clients.
As your therapist, I strive to show up as an authentic and genuine human being, in order to create a safe and secure relationship in which you feel free to truly express yourself, drop f-bombs (if that’s your thing), cry, laugh, and learn to be comfortable being your most authentic self in all areas of your life.
In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, exercising, listening to music, going to concerts, dancing, making art, traveling, snowboarding, being in nature, and spending time with friends (human and animal). I am on a constant quest for learning, self-discovery, and growth, so that I am at my best for the clients I serve.