Our Work Together
I complete a brief (roughly 15-minute) phone consultation with all potential clients prior to scheduling your first session. During this consultation, you may ask me any questions you have, about availability/scheduling, fees, and questions you may have to determine if I'd be a good fit for you. I will also ask you to briefly discuss why you are seeking therapy at this time. If we both believe that we would work well together, we'll schedule your first session over the phone.
To make the most of your first session, you will complete all necessary paperwork before your session, which we will then discuss in person at the time of your session. My first-session paperwork for clients is completed through SimplePractice, an online practice management software that is compatible with screen readers. Clients also have the option to complete paperwork in hard copy/paper form if desired.
During the first session, we will meet and get to know each other, review the required paperwork, and have an in-depth discussion about your goals and reasons for seeking therapy.
To cancel or reschedule a session, clients are asked to give advance notice of 48 hours for a weekday session, or 96 hours for a weekend session. If a session is cancelled without the proper advance notice, the full scheduled session fee will be collected for the missed session.
My Approach and Values
Therapy should be a transformative and healing space for individuals and relationships.
I work intentionally with you to create this space in therapy to hold and integrate all aspects of your self and your relationships. Within this work, I believe that all of your identities, desires, and needs deserve exploration, nurturing, and development. I love supporting people in their journeys in the world, and recognizing the unique strengths and potential of each person.
You get to bring your whole self to therapy.
I recognize that we can create change in our lives through many processes, and I might use a variety of them in our sessions together. However, I believe that we are so much more than just our cognitive processes or behavioral patterns: we are whole, complex humans who are also influenced by the relationships and people in our lives, our histories, and the communities and world that surround us.
Our connection to ourselves and others is one of the most essential components of life.
I view my role as a therapist as supporting you to increase your connection to—and compassion for—the depths within oneself and others in order to facilitate deeply transformative and lasting change. When we can connect emotionally to the vulnerable places within those we love, and to the vulnerable places within ourselves, we can create deeper attachment bonds that offer stability and security.
Our bodies and emotions hold wisdom.
We may often feel like our bodies have betrayed us or continue to do so. We may have learned to disconnect from our bodies, sensations, emotions—because they haven’t felt safe to feel, because others have hurt us, or because we have grown up in families and/or live in a world that tell us to be less emotional, less sensitive, more cognitive, more rational. However, our bodies and our emotions have also helped us—everyone reading this paragraph right now—to survive, in many ways, throughout our lives.
I am a somatic and emotionally-focused therapist, which means I want to support you to access or re-access your body and feelings. I want to learn what wisdom is there, and support you to learn new skills to get you out of stuck places and disempowering patterns. Together, we will do this as slowly and gently as we need to, with consent for the process being essential along the way.
Our deepest healing often happens in relationship.
We are each and all wired for close relationships and connection. Some of our deepest hurts happen in—or from not having—relationships, and yet it is also within safe and supportive relationships that healing can or must occur. As a relational therapist, I deeply honor the authentic therapeutic relationship that we build together, and I believe that we can use the strength of our connection to explore deeper aspects of yourself that you may be too scared or overwhelmed to face alone.
The stories and narratives we tell about ourselves and our relationships matter.
All of us have defenses and protective habits and survival skills that have allowed us to be here today. Through getting curious about our story and developing compassion—and even gratitude—towards ourselves and our thoughts, feelings, and actions, we can also learn to release the parts of ourselves that no longer serve us well.
I believe in celebrating resilience, and weaving and integrating the resilience that we have developed into the stories and narratives we believe about ourselves.
My work with you is intentional and responsive to your needs.
I work from a culturally-grounded and anti-oppressive framework. I recognize the ways that we are all similarly human and yet also unique. My experiences, identities, privileges, marginalizations might be shared with yours or completely different, and those intersections, overlaps, and distinctions matter. I am comfortable discussing and integrating your identities, experiences, spirituality, culture, race/ethnicity, history, disabilities, size, body, and learning & processing styles into our work together. I am committed to social justice both inside and outside of my therapy office, and I understand the realities, complexities, and impacts of oppression, privilege, and power on all of our lives.
The values I hold and bring to my work include:
Body diversity/acceptance and health at every size
Honoring neurodiversity and neurodivergence
Holistic and harm reduction approaches to health and wellness
Trusting each person’s own wisdom about their self, body, and spirit
Affirming diverse identities and experiences AND understanding the impacts of oppression on marginalized identities
I work from a relational, somatic, trauma-informed, and attachment-based lens. As a relationship therapist, I draw heavily from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and I also utilize systemic, strengths-based, narrative, feminist, and family systems approaches in my work with clients. Most importantly, I am transparent and collaborative in my work with you. Please let me know if you have any questions!