My work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist over the past twenty five years has included varied and intensive training and experience conducting individual, couples, and family psychotherapy. I have also worked in the public sector developing evidence-based programs providing mental health services to marginalized populations facing multi-generational, systemic health disparities. My life experience as a single working parent and the head of a multi-racial and multi-cultural family has heightened my awareness of the challenges facing so many of us as workers, family members, and members of the broader community.
Developing a responsive, empathetic, and trusting therapeutic relationship is an essential foundation for effective therapy. My clinical practice draws on a variety of resources, including evidence-based cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches; exploring past and current relationships to support engaging with others in ways that feel satisfying and balanced; and mining the potential of memories, dreams, stories, and metaphors to increase your understanding of your unique life purpose. Since our human experience plays out across interrelated dimensions of mind, body, and spirit, my perspective is holistic and can incorporate, as needed, collaboration and coordination with other wellness practitioners to optimize your capacity to thrive.
In the words of contemporary psychologist Brene Brown, “owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” Nineteenth century author George Eliot (herself a female novelist forced to use a male pseudonym at a time when women writers were not allowed to publish) nevertheless encourages us that “it’s never too late to be who we should have been.” I look forward to working with you in your own process of becoming fully who you are, and in using that authenticity and self-acceptance to create the life that you seek.