Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Therapy is the place we can turn to once we realize that we no longer have to go through our difficulties alone. I use an eclectic approach that draws from person-centered therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS). The symptoms of mental illness are often due to a combination of society, family, biology, and interpersonal interactions. I use a person-centered approach which acknowledges what has caused harm, while also working with each person’s inner capacity to heal and be whole.
ACT offers a great lens and helpful tools, which I employ to help you navigate a busy mind, come back into the present moment, and engage in the things that matter most to you. I also utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS) to help you better understand why you get stuck in patterned behavior, help you learn how to work with your inner defenses, and work towards wellness.
I have experience working with teenagers and adults who have symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, bipolar, homelessness, and OCD in both a community based mental health agency and a mental health clinic. One of the most important aspects in this work is making sure that you have a strong therapeutic alliance. This is often more important than any modality a therapist uses. I work towards developing this with each client through acceptance, warmth, humor, as well as a personal approach. Through this collaboration, I hope to assist you in getting to a place of peace with your past and more focused on the things you value. My areas of interest are depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, and spirituality.