“I love that my job is to create safe spaces through empathy, humor, intellect, and spirit where we can explore what it means to be human.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I pursued therapy after my own life-saving and life-changing experience in therapy coupled with a literal “white light” experience while working with teenagers in the juvenile hall system. I had previously spent my life working in and studying the arts, and that experience inspired me to move from artistic interpretation to direct involvement in helping people change their lives.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I love that my job is to create safe spaces through empathy, humor, intellect, and spirit where we can explore what it means to be human and how we can overcome barriers to accessing our most passionate, engaged, and creative selves. My therapeutic orientation is humanistic, relational, and attachment-based. I am not the expert, but I am rigorously trained at interventions that can elicit authenticity and clarity.
How does spirituality influence your work?
I am an avid meditator and my lens integrates Eastern and Western ways of thinking about humanity, suffering, relationships, and meaning. I believe deeply in the healing power of relational work in therapy, the importance of healthy attachment, and developing healthy ego strength. At the same time, I am passionate about the role of the ineffable and the transcendental or transpersonal and the power it has to heal.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
Having worked on multi-disciplinary teams in treatment settings for most of my career, I am passionate about engaging any and all collateral that can support my clients' growth and well-being. I appreciate the influences and perspectives that different providers bring to my work with clients and feel it is my responsibility to encourage this holistic approach. I have been practicing for over 15 years and am still in supervision myself. I hope I will never leave!
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy what would they be and why?
Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein, because I have a deep interest in how Eastern philosophies around the self, suffering, and change can intersect with Western psychological modalities. Attachment Theory in Practice by Sue Johnson has also influenced my work because I believe attachment is one of the primary indicators of mental health and one of the best ways to go back in and heal through the corrective experience of therapy.
“My therapeutic orientation is humanistic, relational, and attachment-based.”
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