In my practice I strive to create an open, empowering, and creative atmosphere so clients can gain comfort in self-expression. I firmly believe therapy is most effective when there is a collaborative relationship based on trust, curiosity, and growth.
As a result of my artistic background, I conceptualize the field of psychology as both an art and a science. From an artistic perspective, I believe the therapist must be flexible and creative in constructing a comfortable environment and tailoring conceptualizations and interventions specifically to each client. Drawing from science, psychology is grounded in research and I strive to provide clients with empirically-supported treatments.
In terms of therapeutic orientations, I consider myself an integrative therapist with a strong foundation in cognitive-behavioral therapies (especially dialectical behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy) and interpersonal therapy. I have a strong affinity for mindfulness techniques and other anxiety-reducing strategies. I make sure to view each client as a whole person, taking into account variables of diversity, such as family background, culture, ethnicity, age, and race, in order to achieve a holistic and comprehensive perspective. I specialize in treating issues of women’s experiences including relationships, sexuality, trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (including grief and loss), family balance, and college/graduate challenges.
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