- MSW, Clinical Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work, 2012
- BA, Psychology, UNC Asheville, 2008
- Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), American Group Psychotherapy Association, 2015-Current
- Post Master’s Fellowship CU Boulder Psychological Health and Psychiatry, Areas of Focus: Group Psychotherapy, Eating Disorders and Crisis Care 2012-2014
My Style: I approach therapy with openness and curiosity, and help create change through insight and compassion. The client-therapist relationship is very important and I give this relationship space to be understood. This can be helpful when we are trying to understand our relationships. I bring 7 years of experience working with individuals, families, and groups from a large array of settings, including residential treatment programs, transitional living, colleges, hospitals, and private practice.
I start all work by building a welcoming and comforting space for the client to enter, one in which trust, openness, and safety are created between client and therapist. The specific treatment plan is tailored to the needs of each individual and draws from psychodynamic, relational, and attachment theories.
Specialty Treatment Areas: I have experience working with many populations including adolescents, young adults, adults, families, couples, multicultural, transgender, gay, lesbian, and queer populations. Individual, family/couples, and group therapies are utilized to address a variety of psychological issues: eating disorders, adolescent issues, adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, stress management, family/marital conflict, substance abuse, emotional awareness, and multicultural concerns.
Groups: As a Certified Group Psychotherapist I believe that group therapy is a useful addition to individual therapy and can greatly enhance progress in individual work. In today’s society it is almost impossible for us to not involve ourselves in groups. Almost all of us are engaged in groups at work, school, with friends, family, and other outside activities such as team sports, social interactions, and organizations. In most, if not all of these, intense feelings can arise such as anger, love, or anxiety, which may create distance or closeness with others. From these experiences we can learn much about ourselves, not only presently about who we are, but also who we have been and what past experiences are still unresolved within us. In our daily living it is difficult for us to understand these events and the casualties that can come from them. If they make us uncomfortable, we might decide to ignore or push them away. Group therapy creates a unique, safe space for exploring these interactions with others. With the help of the therapist, individuals can begin to understand themselves better as they explore their feelings, reactions, and behaviors toward others in the group.
In group therapy all participants are encouraged to be in the “here and now.” I think of the here and now as the ability for a person to be able to observe and express their immediate thoughts and feelings without filtering or suppressing them. Group can be a wonderful place where people can rebuild relationships and grow closer in their understanding of intimacy. It is a space where people can heal from pain, struggles, or past relationships and discover within themselves the ability and strength to become all the best they can be.
Individuals Psychotherapy: I am interested in identity development, eating disorders, trauma, relational issues, and emotional awareness. I find that for individual therapy to be successful a space needs to be created which the individual wants to enter and in which they feel safe to participate. That is the most difficult work of all, building a relationship that feels safe, caring, and open. Drawing from many different approaches, I put a great deal of energy towards creating such a space for any individual who comes to me for therapy.
Families: I work with many families who are struggling to connect or to understand the “problem” occurring. I use a relational approach, working individually with the adolescent or child who is “struggling”. Building a trusting relationship allows me to help them reunite with their family and supports their feeling seen and cared for by their family. This is important as so many families have difficulty changing the “normal” situation, which has proven to be highly dysfunctional. My role as therapist to the family is to help everyone be aware of and change these negative and unproductive patterns. As change occurs the family can unify and, with the new skills learned in family therapy, continue making positive changes after therapy is completed.
Community Presentations Offered:
- White Privilege–Understanding White identity and the privilege that comes with it
- Effective facilitation when micro-aggressions occur in Groups
- How to work with Privilege in Groups (for clinicians)
To learn more about my practice, please visit my website: www.WholeConnection.org