I work with adult women (18+) who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and other issues resulting from trauma and are ready to begin the process of healing.
My primary goal is to help you experience a shift from feeling broken, stuck, or insignificant to building a secure and positive sense of self, cultivating trust in others and authenticity in relationships, and finding the confidence and motivation to work towards the life you want.
Are you tired of feeling stuck? Worried that you’re too “broken” to ever have the life you really want?
Does it feel like things from your past are holding you back? Keeping you from reaching your full potential?
For those who are always feeling stressed or on edge, getting panic attacks, avoiding social situations… or those who feel down, hopeless, have no energy or motivation… or a combination of both.
For those heartbroken from a breakup or divorce, striking out in the online dating scene, or who can’t figure out how to make a relationship last - but want to have a successful long-term partnership.
For those experiencing prenatal or postpartum depression/anxiety, infertility, pregnancy/infant loss, or generally trying to adjust to being a parent and its impact on your identity & your relationship with your partner.
I am a firm believer that therapy isn't just where you learn how to “deal with” mental health problems, but that for those who are ready, therapy can provide real healing. The key is determining the root cause of your current mental, or relational struggles.
Most unwanted behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and psychosomatic symptoms are driven by underlying (and sometimes unconscious) “emotional learnings” that define the way we view ourselves, others, and the world in general. Negative emotional learnings are common when we experience trauma, but they can also happen from experiences that don’t seem like that big of a deal.
Whether they are from a major trauma or not, therapy can help you to “overwrite” these negative emotional learnings, allowing you to experience transformational and lasting change.
I'm a naturally intuitive and empathetic person, so part of who I am as a therapist is genuinely enjoying listening to people talk about their lives. My main goal is to create a safe space for you to explore your feelings - snarkiness, self-deprecating humor, cursing, etc. is all welcome and accepted. Over time, I'll help you make sense of your experiences and start to see and understand yourself with more compassion.
I'm also a neuroscience nerd, so another part of who I am as a therapist is helping you understand how your brain works and the how and why of what we’re doing in therapy. We'll talk about subpersonalities, neuroplasticity, memory networks, and more...but don't worry: I have an extensive library of articles, videos, and memes to help explain things.
The most important part of who I am as a therapist is believing that therapy isn't just where you learn how to “deal with” mental health problems, but that for those who are ready, therapy can provide real healing. Using IFS-Informed EMDR, I help clients “reconsolidate” trauma memories, allowing you to experience transformational and lasting change.
Already know exactly which trauma(s) you want to work on, such as a recent car accident which is making you too anxious to drive or a previous sexual assault which is impacting intimacy with your current partner.
Aren’t sure where exactly your current issues are stemming from, but you know there are traumas from your past that you have never really dealt with, such as your parents’ divorce, or being bullied during your teen years.
Feel like “trauma” is too strong of a word, but you know that certain things you experienced growing up have had a lasting impact on you, such as moving several times as a kid or having parents that weren’t emotionally available.
If you’re ready, then I am confident that together we can heal the root of your current struggles. Using IFS-Informed EMDR, I will help you to rewire the parts of your brain that are stuck - “overwriting” any negative emotional learnings and “reconsolidating” trauma memories - allowing you to experience transformational and lasting change.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. IFS stands for Internal Family Systems.
EMDR and IFS can be used independently and involve different techniques for memory reconsolidation. IFS-Informed EMDR integrates the two: it uses the standard EMDR treatment protocol for reprocessing memories by desensitizing the old experience and installing new, positive perspectives, and incorporates the IFS perspective of the multiplicity of the individual psyche to maximize Self-energy and collaborate with our natural psychological defenses rather than trying to push past them. In my experience, this combination creates the most efficient process and is especially effective when working with developmental trauma and attachment injuries.
Before scheduling an initial appointment with a new client, I always have a free consultation call first. Done over the phone or Zoom, this call helps me learn a little bit about what is bringing you to therapy and answer any questions you have so that we can make sure I’m a good fit for what you’re looking for! Then if you decide to move forward, we’ll schedule our session and I’ll send you the paperwork you’ll need to fill out and electronically sign beforehand.
An initial therapy appointment is known as an “intake session.” I will have you complete a few brief questionnaires before the session, and then when we meet I’ll ask you a lot of open-ended questions to better understand your current concerns and a wide variety of factors that may be contributing to or impacted by your current situation. I’ll also ask you about your goals and we’ll start talking about how we can accomplish those together. Note: if one of your goals is healing from past traumas, I’ll ask some surface level questions to get a general idea of what you want to work on, but we definitely won’t do a deep dive into any of that during the initial session.
For the first few sessions, we focus on improving day-to-day functioning by developing coping strategies to manage any symptoms of depression, anxiety, or PTSD. In this phase I use techniques from CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Resourcing.
As things begin to feel more manageable, we transition to identifying and working to heal the root cause(s) of your mental health challenges. Most unwanted behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and psychosomatic symptoms are driven by underlying (and sometimes unconscious) emotional learnings that define the way we view ourselves, others, and the world in general. Emotional learnings often first develop in childhood but can grow stronger when we experience traumatic events later in life. These negative emotional learnings can be transformed through memory reconsolidation, which I help my clients accomplish through IFS-Informed EMDR.
Individual Diagnostic Assessment
I accept payment from Health Savings/Flexible Spending Accounts and all major credit/debit cards.
If you have insurance, you may be able to get reimbursed a portion of your session costs if you have Out-of-Network benefits. I will provide a monthly Superbill for you to submit to your insurance. Learn more how about OON benefits work here.