Therapy

I bring to therapy an ethical commitment to anti-oppressive, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed practice that centers a client’s inherent dignity & worth and pursues a client’s utmost safety & wellbeing. In therapy, I enjoy using warmth, humor, and creativity, believing in the healing potential of a good therapeutic relationship. Specifically, I have received training in evidence-based practices including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindful Self-Compassion., and limited basic principles of Somatic Experiencing.

Drawing from this training, I’m able to provide individual therapy (as well as couples or family therapy on a case-by-case basis) for adults of all ages, addressing topics including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety & Panic
  • Binge Eating
  • Career Development
  • College Student & Young Adult Concerns
  • Depression
  • Gender & Sexual Identity
  • Guilt & Shame
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood Fluctuations
  • Self-Harming
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Stress & Burnout
  • Trauma & PTSD

In addition to the topics above, I have a special interest in working with spiritual/religious concerns, for example…

  • Conflicted, challenged, or changing belief systems – sometimes called deconstruction
  • LGBTQ+ folks navigating intersections of gender, sexuality, spirituality, & wellbeing
  • Stressful or traumatic experiences, such as abuse, discrimination, or rejection, that have occurred in spiritual/religious contexts – sometimes called religious trauma

For presenting issues that are outside of my current training and scope of practice, I am happy to provide consultation and referral to support clients in finding appropriate care.

What can you expect in therapy? In short, you can expect a space to safely explore your thoughts and feelings. Therapy sessions typically last 50-55 minutes. The first 1-3 sessions are typically focused on meeting each other, gathering information about a variety of aspects of your life, clarifying what goals you would like to work on, and identifying if we’re a good fit to continue working together. Therapy sessions typically occur on a weekly basis, with the possibility of discussing a transition to bi-weekly if/when we feel that’s appropriate. If we decide to work together, we’ll continue to meet as long as you need, checking in periodically about how things are going. Some people do well with 3-5 months of solution-focused therapy to address a specific challenge, while others benefit from ongoing support for a year or more.

Depending on your personality, interests, and needs, therapy sessions could involve…

  • Learning coping skills in areas such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Noticing patterns in your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships
  • Assessing and diagnosing psychiatric conditions, if applicable
  • Considering new ways to think about things
  • Building kindness & compassion towards yourself
  • Connecting you to additional supports such as psychiatrists, specialists, community resources, support groups, etc.

Please feel free to Contact me directly if you would like to ask any specific questions, schedule an initial intake appointment, or arrange a free 10-15 minute phone consultation to see if we might be a good fit.