Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #126543)
“Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There is a crack, a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen
None of us are ever truly broken. Feeling lost, lonely, and disconnected can create unease as we move through our lives. Bearing witness to the patterns and imprints we carry in our lives is just a part of what makes psychotherapy transformative. Feeling heard and understood through a therapeutic relationship contributes to a loving and forgiving relationship with our environment and ourselves. Growth in our lives requires practicing patience and understanding with our own experiences.
I am a feminist, LGBTQIA2+ affirmative, psychodynamic and relational therapist. I believe that our childhood experiences along with cultural and societal narratives influence how we relate to ourselves and to the world and force us into believing stories about ourselves that may not be true. Those experiences and stories also do not define us. These cracks where the light gets in are reminders of our fundamental resiliency, beauty, and courage. We can continually challenge our negative thinking and pain into showing us where the soft spots are, and we can learn how to build our strength in sitting with that discomfort.
Healing happens through relationships, and I am a collaborative partner who draws upon attachment-based theories, mindfulness, and evidence-based skills. You are the agent of change, and I am your companion, offering a mirror to see yourself with more depth and clarity. I offer a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to confront challenges and express your emotions. My therapeutic style is one of curiosity and partnership, and my goal is to help you feel empowered, grounded, and in alignment with your true self.
At Flourish, I work with both adults and relationships experiencing life transitions, anxiety and depression, relational challenges, disordered eating, grief and loss, self–esteem, and trauma processing. I specialize in helping people who feel alone to feel more connected to themselves and to move through life with gentleness and self-compassion. I join people in remembering and restoring their resiliency, and facing themselves and the world with the strength of vulnerability.
As an ally against systemic abuses of power, privilege, and oppression, my hope is to provide an unconditional, accepting, and empathic partnership as I support your exploration into understanding how you came to be who you are.