Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Harm reduction, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Psychodynamic, Strengths-based, Relational
I am a psychodynamically trained psychologist. I also believe in using an integrated approach when helping someone to understand the how and why of what got them to this point in their life. I have found that an integrative approach to therapy works best. If a client has a non-Western approach to coping with life issues, that can be integrated into the treatment. I adapt my approach to what is best suited for you the client. It is my goal to build a therapeutic relationship with you by creating a safe and healing environment where you feel safe to explore your thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
I have worked with many diverse populations from people who practice Native American spirituality, to people with a Yogic flavor to their approaches to life, to working with those in underserved communities. I have worked with people from all cultural backgrounds. I also have worked with people with diverse sexual orientations. My training in community mental health settings was an incredible experience as I worked with people battling depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma. I have also worked with clients convicted of sexually abusive behaviors. However, I am quite versatile, and I have worked with people needing help in many areas of their lives.
BS - Performance Studies, Northwestern University
MA - Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology
PsyD - Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology
I have a strong Ashtanga/Mysore Yoga practice. I enjoy chanting Yoga sutras. I also enjoy practicing gyrotonics, hiking, walking and riding my Peloton bike.
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is one of the books that I have read more than once. There is much trauma and self-doubt in this book. Sometimes, it's difficult to read because it puts on display the generational trauma that many people face. It deals with racism, sexism, incest, sexual abuse, and classism. However, it helps me to remember the beauty of making the world safer for everyone.
I like getting massages to help me to recharge. I also like to unplug and play music.