Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I have been a practicing therapist for the past 12 years in many different backgrounds, from community mental health, to emergency care, and telehealth. I have extensive experience working with clients of all ages and demographics and believe that the therapy relationship is integral in the progress we will make together. I like to make sure I really get to know and understand a client's needs, situation and experiences, so that we can find the best possible strategies and approaches for feeling better. I will not only offer support and validation, but also individualized and realistic tools that you can apply to your everyday life. Generally I offer an eclectic approach tailored for you, utilizing person centered therapy, mindfulness and DBT skills.
BA - Psychology, State University of New York Geneseo
MA - Mental Health Counseling, St. John Fisher College
When I was young, I was recommended to go to therapy for grief. I remember the therapist's approach and office atmosphere feeling uncomfortable for me, and I was particularly discouraged when the therapist sat in front of me in a folding chair, with a clipboard writing things down. I struggled to relate and engage with this strategy. Even as a kid, I understood that while this may have worked for others, it was not the right fit for me to process what I was going through. I knew then that time that I wanted to offer therapy and do so differently. To be able to provide a safe and comfortable space for other people going through a hard time and to meet them where they are at to support their growth and forward movement. No matter what that might look like for each of us.
I enjoy reading, staying active and spending time with my family as well as our new puppy. I like visiting museums, festivals and parks or anything else that we can do as a family!
I exercise for at least 40 minutes daily to support my mental and emotional well being.
In the past few years I have started to re-read some of my childhood favorites, now that my daughter can enjoy them too! Most recently, we read Charlotte's Web and I was struck by the selflessness and kindness that was displayed throughout the book. It's been really fun to reconnect with these stories and share my love of reading with my daughter.
I like to support any non-profits that provide food, clothing and shelter to those in need.
I make sure to try to take some time for me at the end of each day. Even 20 minutes alone to read, relax or take a soothing bath without any distractions.
We have a cat (Maggie) and a dog (Abby) and I think I have new pet stories every day! One thing I have always loved about both animals is that Maggie and Abby both seem to know when someone needs a little extra love on a hard day and will snuggle and stay close by when they sense it.
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