It'd be nice to be superhuman and "have it all together",

but the truth is, you're human

MY MISSION IS TO HELP YOU FIND SELF-COMPASSION IN ALL OF YOUR MESSY, IMPERFECT, HUMAN MOMENTS

You’re good at appearing to “have it together” on the outside, but you’re tired of silently carrying self doubt, anxiety, and shame.

You’re naturally compassionate toward others but you neglect to turn the same compassion inward. The inner critic berates you to the point where you don’t feel like yourself. You may even experience “compassion fatigue” or uncontrollably lash out at the people closest to you, causing more anxiety and guilt.

I’m here to help you practice a greater balance between caring for both yourself and others, so you can more often feel like your best self. I want you to have this self-compassion even when - or, especially when - you struggle or make mistakes. This way, you can keep growing and moving forward without getting paralyzed by harsh self-judgement.

 

I believe one of the most effective ways to achieve this is through creating meaningful, therapeutic connections in a group setting. Much of our personal and interpersonal struggles originate from the relationships in our lives, and our healing originates from the same place. In my groups, you get the chance to practice new habits of relating to yourself and others in a nonjudgmental space.

I believe improving mental health is both an art and a science. I’ve studied expressive arts techniques to help people work through emotions in a way that words cannot. I also often immerse myself in learning about mindfulness and neuropsychology to help people better understand their mind’s inner workings and take practical steps toward improving mental health. 

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OUTSIDE OF MY THERAPIST ROLE
I'm an artist who enjoys being out on the water on a kayak or paddle board. I’m a proud mother of a rambunctious 1st grade boy, a constantly hungry two-year-old girl, and a feral cat.
 
I BECAME A THERAPIST BECAUSE
Like you, I find joy and meaning in offering compassion and support to others, but had to learn how to create a healthy balance between other-care and self-care. I was driven by my own journey to finding a healthier balance and my first-hand experience of how life-changing self-compassion can be. 

I'm dedicated to helping people realize that mental health is health; everyone needs and deserves to attend to it in order to live a fulfilling life.

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EDUCATION & TRAINING

I have a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and 10 years of experience under my belt. 

 

My early work consisted of supporting sexual assault survivors, including crisis counseling, and counseling young adults in college. I later worked with teens and their families, helping them emotionally navigate through their recovery from trauma, depression, and anxiety. 

 

During that time, I got experience providing individual therapy, family therapy, and what grew to be my all-time favorite, group therapy. I started attending numerous trainings in therapeutic expressive arts techniques, applying them into my groups, and witnessing how powerfully the nonverbal world could make an impact on wellbeing.

 

My more recent work at a hospital allowed me to immerse myself in the work I love most. I exclusively led group therapy and psychoeducation groups; this time, for adults in partial hospitalization programs. 

Over the last couple years, I’ve been honing in even more on my interests and strengths as a therapist. I began emphasizing my focus on perinatal mental health, mindfulness and acceptance, and neuropsychology; reading books and taking formal trainings from experts in these fields, especially as they relate to anxiety relief.

MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

This approach helps you develop a new relationship with your thoughts. You'll stop feeling like the inner critic is dragging you along, telling you what to do and think. ACT helps to put you in the driver's seat of your own life. 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Self Compassion (MSC)

MBCT helps you to be more present, so you don't get stuck dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness skills strengthen things like emotional balance, attuned communication, and insight. MBCT has been proven to help prevent relapses in downward mood spirals. MSC is based on these techniques, with an intentional emphasis on increasing self-compassion.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

With a combination of therapy and psychoeducation, you'll learn practical skills to improve your well-being and relationships. Skills fall within four categories: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance