How I can help you
I am a doctoral-level clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of adults. With over 10 years of experience, I have expertise in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, major life changes, exploring life’s purpose, and severe mental illness.
As humans, we are so unique that at times we lose sight of the fact that we share many of the same challenges and inner conflicts. This philosophy drives my work as a psychologist. I believe that creating an atmosphere of understanding, non-judgment, and connection is essential for effective therapeutic work. With curiosity, I guide individuals in self-discovery and, with compassion, I facilitate behavioral changes that lead to more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
In therapy, I base my treatment on psychodynamic, insight-oriented therapy as well as the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Trauma-Focused ACT. Tailoring my treatment to align with my clients’ goals, I use different methods to meet their needs. At times, delving into past unresolved events and relationships through psychodynamic-based therapy is quite effective. During other phases in therapy, utilizing ACT can help clients learn skills to navigate challenging thoughts and emotions. I meet my clients where they are and provide the appropriate treatment based on the issue at hand.
The psychodynamic approach typically focuses on understanding and working through unresolved issues regarding significant past relationships and life experiences (e.g., traumatizing experiences, loss of a loved one, etc.). Emotionally resolving past issues can greatly change one’s current life situation. It can be very difficult to talk about the past, and so you, as the client, are always in charge of what you want to talk about and if you ever even want to talk about it.
I integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a scientific, evidence-based CBT treatment, to teach individuals practical and helpful skills specific to their problems. By using ACT, individuals learn to effectively manage distressing thoughts and feelings (e.g., anger, sadness, anxiety, etc.), so they don’t influence their behaviors so much. For example, someone with social anxiety can develop skills to overcome their fear of judgment, enhance communication, and boost self-confidence. ACT emphasizes skills like learning how to not be controlled by your thoughts and feelings, learning how to accept what is not in your control, embracing the present moment, and identifying what is important to you to live a meaningful life.
I also use Trauma-Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (TFACT), which is a compassion-based, exposure-centered approach to addressing a wide range of traumatic experiences. In TFACT, exposure is the process of turning towards (versus avoiding) thoughts, feelings, or memories that typically produce anxiety or other very uncomfortable feelings with curiosity, flexibility, and openness. TFACT also addresses issues such as emotional numbness; dissociation; trauma-related anxiety, panic attacks, depression, shame, anger, suicidality, attachment-related trauma, and issues with trust. Finally, it helps to guide individuals on how to trust others, develop healthy relationships, and find meaning in life. This approach to trauma leaves people feeling like they are less shackled by their past and more hopeful about their future.