How I work

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All life is full of pleasure and pain but sometimes we get stuck.  My hope is that by you and I working together, you will receive the space to speak your story out loud and feel less alone in your pain.  I work to create a non-judgmental, honest, steady and kind space for us to explore your life together.  I believe it is my job to follow your lead in regards to timing, subject matter and intensity.  My ultimate goal is for healing for your most authentic self as you experience being grounded in love and compassion for yourself.

There are a lot of fancy words used to explain how I work.  For example, I am a psychodynamic, narrative, relational therapist.  I believe that the families that we grew up in continue to influence our identity today.  I’m a sensory therapist because I know the physical part of you is impacted by what’s going on emotionally. I am a strength based therapist and a photo therapist and a family systems therapist.  Together we can decide what therapeutic interventions work best for you.    

I believe in working quickly to relieve symptoms that are showing up in your life but I also believe ardently in looking at the history and manifestation of those symptoms.  Wondering about where they came from and what purpose they serve together.  I place a high value on self-kindness and self-care so my bias will always to help you be a little more patient and kind to yourself especially if you feel you don’t deserve it. 

I’m also cis, white, bisexual, third culture woman with a sensory processing disorder.  I’m a mother, a wife, and an intersectional feminist. All of these elements will be reflected in my work – but the biggest test will be what you feel when you enter my office.