Do you chronically feel anxiety, unworthiness, or think “I’m not good enough”? Or perhaps you find yourself replaying past events or worrying about future events so much that you’re unable to do what’s important to you in the moment. These are common habit patterns of the clients with whom I love to work. Helping my clients feel accepted and emotionally safe in therapy is my top priority. My therapeutic style is warm, direct, and research-based.
After an initial interview and developing goals to work towards, we collaboratively identify unhelpful habit patterns that get in the way of your goals and values. So often we carry beliefs and behaviors from childhood and adolescence into our adult lives that no longer serve us and may even be harmful. Regardless of where these unhelpful patterns came from, I am passionate about teaching clients to use therapy skills to rewire their brains by turning automatic reactions to mindful “choice-points” and move towards more meaningful lives. I love working with people who struggle with anxiety and worry, self-criticism, depression, rumination, perfectionism, and difficulties in romantic and family relationships. From personal and professional experience, I know that these difficulties can be debilitating. I am not afraid to hear my client’s suffering and I truly believe that everyone is capable of resilience and transformation.
I also have specialized expertise in maternal mental health from my postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Teaching and supporting new or expecting moms during this time of transition has become one of my passions and is extremely rewarding in that this work also impacts the well-being of their child.
I blend therapy skills including mindfulness-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, (DBT) and Brene-Brown’s Shame-Resilience theory. I also have training in research-based approaches to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Panic Disorder.