Philosophy 

One of my favorite things about therapy is the opportunity to be understood and accepted exactly as you are, even as you are trying to change. I work with clients to develop a more compassionate way of approaching problems, and towards bringing your fears and shame to light in a supportive, warm environment. Though I use elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and psychodynamic theories in my work, my philosophy on counseling expands beyond diagnosis and pathology. I strive to help clients feel seen and heard as fellow human beings, rather than as a collection of symptoms. I particularly enjoy helping clients work on building a healthier, more accepting relationship with themselves. We are complex, complicated beings - I believe that identity cannot be summarized in an "elevator pitch" or a few lines on a resume. Wellness includes incorporating even the parts of ourselves that we dislike. If you'd like to learn more about self-compassion and wellness, feel free to look at the resources below.

Self-Compassion & Wellness

A leading scholar and researcher on self compassion. Her website provides free guided meditations and self-compassion exercises. 

A website and publication with mindfulness practice, research on the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion, and more. 

A few tips from the Students Against Depression organization on building self-compassion to combat depression. 

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"When you stay in your room and rage or sneer or shrug your shoulders, as I did for many years, the world and its problems are impossibly daunting. But when you go out and put yourself in real relation to real people, or even just real animals, there's a very real danger that you might love some of them. And who knows what might happen to you then?"

Jonathan Franzen

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change" 

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change" 

Carl Rogers