In clinical terms, I integrate interpersonal, feminist, and ACT theories within a multicultural and ecological framework. What this means is that I work from the perspective that relationships are critically important in shaping our lives, including how we relate to ourselves. I also attend to power dynamics and the impact of societal, cultural, and political forces in your life. This allows us to work in a way that supports and facilitates empowerment. I encourage clients to accept themselves and their struggles because this is critically important in creating real, lasting change. Supporting behavioral and environmental changes is also important for many clients. I strive to be aware of and understand both of our worldviews, and am sensitive to how our two worldviews may influence therapy.
Each person’s journey towards healing, growth, connection, or self-discovery looks different. I honor this by varying how I work to best meet your needs and context. I see therapy as a collaboration between two experts; I have expertise in psychology, change, growth, and development, while you have expertise in your experiences, your needs, and your desires. As a therapist I strive to create, in collaboration with you, a setting that feels safe and supportive, and from here work to facilitate change.
Areas of Focus
I am trained as a generalist, which means I am able to work with most concerns and issues. In addition, I have focused training and experience in trauma, anxiety, eating and body image issues, LGBTQ+ concerns, and in working with college students and faculty. Below is a more complete list of concerns and issues I am able to address with clients.
- Physical & Sexual Abuse
- PTSD & Trauma Recovery
- Depression & Anxiety
- Eating Disorders & Body Image Concerns – Including eating disorder assessments
- LGBTQ Concerns – Including assessments for hormone therapy and sex-reassignment
- Relationship/Interpersonal Concerns – Including personality & relationship assessments
- Life Transitions & Adjustment Concerns
- Identity & Self-Esteem Concerns
- Spirituality & Existential Concerns
- College/Graduate School Concerns – Including career and IQ assessments
- Pregnancy & Fertility Concerns
- Grief and Loss
- Career Development – Including career and IQ assessments
- Cultural Issues
- Experiences of Discrimination
I work with people across the lifespan as individuals, couples, and families.
At the end of our initial meeting we will discuss any recommendations for therapy, including length and frequency of treatment. Sessions last 45-50 minutes. We will collaborate to determine a plan for your therapy and will revisit or revise this plan regularly.
Therapy involves you sharing with me about your concerns, issues, desires and goals. We may focus on current or past problems, thoughts and feelings, relationships, etc. Together we will explore the factors that are contributing to your distress as well as barriers that may be keeping you from achieving your goals. Often, the process will include learning or trying a different skill or approach, increasing self-understanding, exploring life patterns, and gaining a better sense of how you interact and relate to others. Sometimes we will discuss a specific strategy to try or something to reflect on until we meet again.
I provide a wide range of assessments, some of which are described in more detail here. Please contact me with questions about these assessments or others not listed here.
Outreach & Consultation
I am also available to speak to your class, business, group, or organization. Some common areas of requests include:
- Effective communication
- Organization development
- Group dynamics
- Cultural issues
- Social Justice
- Specific Psychological Topic (e.g. Anxiety, Depression, Stress Coping)
In a consultation role, I will collaborate with you to identify problems and solutions, improve communication and team-building, and explore new perceptions to long-term challenges. Some examples of possible consultations include:
- Responding to Those in Crisis
- Improving Services to Minority or At-Risk Groups
- Communication Workshops
- Addressing Diversity Issues in the Workplace
- Working with Diverse People
- Professional Cultural Competency
Fees for consultation and outreach requests vary by the request. Please contact me to discuss your project or request.