Therapeutic Approach: Our previous experiences, especially our early relationships, strongly influence how we navigate our present lives. Much of the distress we encounter is caused by underlying beliefs, desires, and patterns of being that no longer work to get us what we want.
In one-on-one therapy, my focus is on openness; exploring values, fostering awareness, identifying patterns, and utilizing the transformative power of interpersonal relationships. I believe that understanding and compassion are necessary to create a space where healing can take place. I use a person-centered approach in therapy to help clients move toward being truer to their authentic self. I strive to build a collaborative relationship with my clients so that we can approach challenges with honesty and empathy. I consider all experiences, whether that’s joy, sadness, anxiety, anger, fear, or shame, as meaningful and helpful in discovering how to evoke people’s’ innate resiliency and expand their capacity to thrive. Additionally, I integrate some concrete skills in my practice to help clients cope with their immediate distress.
Whether or not we’ve experienced life the same way, I look forward to getting to know each individual and meet them where they are. I’m honored to be invited to walk alongside my clients as they continue their journey. Although my therapeutic approach is appropriate for many experiences and concerns (anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and life transitions), my areas of special interest are in eating disorders, sexuality, identity, and spirituality & faith. I’ve worked with a wide diversity of individuals with respect to age, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
Background: I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA in 2016. I completed my internship at the University of California, Irvine Counseling Center and my post-doc at the Duquesne University Counseling and Wellbeing Center. Prior to joining Crossroads, I worked in college counseling centers for 4 years and have previously focused on developing relationships with LGBTQ communities and organizations to meet their unique needs.