compassionate, collaborative care
LCSW, LCAS, PLLC
I take a highly collaborative approach to therapy and believe my role as your therapist is to help elicit and reinforce the adaptive energy of your own resiliency. I use evidenced-based and evidenced-informed practices that have a demonstrated track record for helping those who have experienced trauma heal and recover. I use an anti-racist, anti-oppressive framework to better understand the role that oppression plays in creating trauma and sustaining emotional, physical, and psychological pain. I place a high value on the strengths, perspectives, and wisdom you bring to the healing process. During our initial sessions we will spend some time getting to know each other, making sure we can work well together, and figuring out your goals for therapy. After setting our intentions for therapy we will take some time to figure out the best therapeutic approach to help you reach your goals.
I grew up in Asheville, NC and I love nature, hiking, traveling and anything novel and unusual. In my spare time I enjoy meditating, reading, watching TV, and just being cozy at home. I love animals and have two dogs at home, which I share with my partner.
In our therapy sessions we will work together to identify your needs and individualize a plan to help you reach your goals. I am trained in several therapeutic approaches and have found all of them to be helpful to clients at various times depending on their situation and their goals. I tend to use a more structured approach to therapy that includes goal setting and periodic evaluation of progress through use of reliable measurement tools. I do this to ensure that what we are doing in therapy is fruitful and beneficial to the folks I work with. I offer the following types of therapy (click on each to learn more):
As your therapist it is important to me to use evidenced-based treatments that have demonstrated effectiveness for the concerns that bring you to therapy. I balance this perspective with the understanding that you are the expert of your own life and therefore I incorporate your wisdom, expertise, and strengths into choosing which type of therapy to use and into the entire course of treatment.
My areas of special interest and experience include:
anxiety and panic
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."