Therapy is an opportunity for you to get support, to learn new and healthy coping skills, to build an awareness and understanding of your needs in an effort to make active choices, and to practice communicating within a relationship. I work from a feminist perspective, meaning that I see you as the expert on you and your experiences and I am an expert on tools and education on how to use those tools. We work as a team to identify what you may be able to change to find relief and I do my best to offer personalized tools and interventions that are empirically supported so that you can achieve your goals and grow.
With all clients I meet with I consider a foundation of wellness with four cornerstones: Sleep and Rest, Nutrition and Hydration, Movement, and Connection with Self and Others. I find it helpful to use this framework to identify areas for growth and change to promote improved mind body connection while also often reducing many day to day discomforts (anxiety, lower mood, low motivation and energy, lack of joy). As a cognitive behavioral therapist with a positive psychology focus, I emphasize self talk and growth mindset to encourage achievement of your goals.
When you call to speak with me, I will spend a few minutes hearing from you what your needs and interests in therapy are. Depending on the goodness of fit, we may schedule an appointment to meet for an assessment session. Our first couple of sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you initial impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow if you decide to continue with me in therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable with me. First sessions are generally 50-60 minutes in length.
If we decide together that I am a good fit for your therapy needs, we will schedule follow appointments. Regular sessions are 45-55 minutes long and are scheduled based on your needs and preference (typically biweekly). During those sessions you have the opportunity to bring in your concerns and I will offer feedback, new coping tools for your "toolbox," and care.
Please feel free to give me a call at your convenience and leave a voice mail for me with your name, number, and the best time to reach you. I look forward to speaking with you!