- Bipolar Disorder
- Sexual abuse
- Relationship abuse and violence
- Body Image and Eating disorders
- Perinatal Mental Health
- Microaggressions, racism, prejudice, discrimination
- Job loss
- Social problems
- Relationship problems
- Coping with an illness
- Life transitions
- Self harm
The list above is by no means exhaustive, and I look forward to meeting you and discussing what I can help you with. I bring with me skills and expertise in a variety of scientifically supported treatments and years of experience in working with adults. Most of all, I bring empathy, compassion, a genuine interest in helping, and a true love for what I do.
I will provide an assessment of the problem and a diagnosis if necessary. Together we will collaborate on goals for therapy. I will work hard to ensure that your experience with therapy is a good fit for you. Depending on what your goals are, we might discuss how your past experiences in relationships or with family are impacting you today, or we may just focus on skills and behaviors for the here and now. I believe in the concept that there is a continuum of health, and while at one level a behavior, thought or feeling can feel healthy, at another level this same thought, feeling or behavior can be experienced as problematic. Part of our work together may be determining what is feeling problematic to you, and how we can shift your experiences so that they are more in line with the life you would like to be living. I enjoy drawing upon each individual’s existing strengths and empowering people to make the changes they see as necessary for themselves.
Finally, I strive to be mindful of the socio-cultural context of each individual. Our unique backgrounds and experiences make us who we are, and also can have a profound impact on our psychological functioning. I am committed to learning about how your unique experiences and cultural background influence your worldview and being mindful of this as I tailor your therapeutic experience.
Techniques I draw upon:
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy)
- DBT (Dialectic Behavioral Therapy)
- Feminist Multicultural
- Interpersonal Therapy
Medication is not for everyone and as a psychologist, it is not my first line of defense. However, for many, medication is like being given a life jacket when you are drowning. It saves you from sinking and lets you breath so you can begin to learn how to swim on your own. If you are drowning, it will be hard for you to learn the skills to “swim” in therapy. I do not prescribe medication, but I work with you to find a prescriber, whether it is your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist, and I will collaborate with that person.
For more on medication, see Medication Myths.