I am a believer that we all have ways to better ourselves and our relationships. Some of us face different challenges related to our physical and mental health that create barriers to understanding how and why we respond to the world the way we do. In fact, instead of being curious and compassionate with ourselves, we judge and shame ourselves for what we experience. It’s so easy to get stuck in our perceptions and thought patterns that it can feel impossible to find way out. One thing we are all connected on is the desire to live a full and happy life. I believe this desire is attainable.
The foundation of my work is grounded in practices and modalities that are proven through evidence-based research to help with trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, and low self-esteem. The main modalities I use are mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), yoga-informed psychotherapy, polyvagal theory, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
It is very important to me to provide a safe, warm space because, truthfully, we all need a place to feel comfortable before we can open up about our lives. My hope is to create an environment where my client’s feel heard, seen and supported.
I enjoy the connection. I feel my clients teach me so much about the human experience and I value that so much. I also am very honored to be part of my client’s lives in such a deep way. It’s incredible and I’m very thankful to my clients for trusting me with their stories.
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I try to make the initial process of setting up an appointment as pleasant and painless as possible. I gather some basic information and insurance information, if applicable, and can have your insurance benefits verified prior to your first appointment. During the first appointment, I simply want to get to know you better, and take time to better understand what is going on in your life, and what goals you may have for therapy.
My undergraduate degree was in psychology, and I have a masters in social work from Aurora University. I am trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), and received my 200 hour certification as a yoga instructor, with a focus on using yoga in a therepeutic setting for various mental health concerns.