Licensed Professional Counselor, EMDR Therapist
As a licensed professional counselor and EMDR therapist, I’ve worked in the fields of addiction, hospice, family therapy, group and individual therapy. My goal is co-create a safe and accepting space to process these experiences, develop effective skills to enhance your mental well-being, and empower you to find lasting liberation and mental healing from your traumas.
Specialties and Focus Areas
Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Family of Origin Concerns , Shame and Vulnerability, Trauma, Stress Management, Life Transitions
Being a human always includes the experience of uncertainty, confusion pain. But beyond that, so many of us have been made to believe we are worthless, unlovable, broken, and hopeless. We end up living in a state of survival, rather than a state of connection and thriving. My strong belief is that this is what brings us to the therapy room: we intuitively know our lives can be better and that we don’t deserve to suffer alone but we feel stuck and don’t know how to achieve this. You are not alone in feeling like this!
Mental distress and illness are not deficiencies, nor anything to be ashamed of. Just as having a physical illness is legitimate and valid, so is a more invisible mental illness. The encouraging thing is that we know and can measure that a human being can change their mind, change how they think and how they see and interact with the world. This will sometimes be an uncomfortable process, but true growth and healing often are. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” (Gloria Steinem)
I believe that therapy straddles the line of art and science. As an art form, healing and growth are often not linear and can be messy. Things like silence, radical acceptance, vulnerability, being present, honesty, creativity, community, safety, connection and trust are all key toward developing a healthy mind and a vibrant life. Just as importantly, therapy requires evidenced-based practices that are ethical and give people concrete ways to effectively cope with mental illness. This is why I’ve dedicated time and energy towards becoming an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapist – an evidenced based method of helping clients confront, resolve and heal from trauma.
My goal is to help my clients identify their values, goals and struggles and honor who you are as a person; no matter your race, age, gender, religious or spiritual preference, sexuality, or ethnicity. From there, we can collaboratively develop a personalized plan that will guide you as you walk towards the life you want to create. Sometimes, this may look more structured. Other times, it may be more like walking through an unlit forest or digging in your own personal archeology site. Regardless, my hope is to offer you a safe space of kindness, empathy, expertise and hope.