My work is witnessing and holding space for healing from childhood trauma, and celebrating the freedom and peace that follows traveling into and then out of the pain of those experiences. I bring focus to acceptance, compassion, nurturing, and love for ones self, exactly as you are today. I believe that we cannot shame ourselves into action or into change, we must love and validate ourselves in order to grow intentionally. I think humor is valuable in therapy and believe in the innate healing power of every individual.
Life in my body has not always been pleasant or safe. My experience of fatness has changed and is changing as I excise the fat-phobic beliefs we are surrounded by and replace them with a new paradigm of body love. I am pursuing a certification in Body Trust, and believe in a non-diet approach to health and well-being. Self-love is radical.
I derive my style from my authentic personality (I am in the room and not a blank slate) and feminist theory, working to decrease the power imbalance in the traditional “therapist/patient” relationship. I am not an expert on you. You are. I am honored to be present on your journey. Depending on the person I am sitting with and their needs, I also use psychodynamic, CBT, person-centered/humanistic, and emotion focused modalities.
Music is where I retreat for stress-relief and self-care. Singing especially calms me, as it uses my whole body and puts me in the moment. It is my meditation. I also dabble in electric bass and the occasional drum beat.
• Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Michigan School for Professional Psychology, 2014
• MA Humanistic and Clinical Psychology, Center for Humanistic Studies 2005
• BFA Film, Photography, Visual Arts, Ithaca College 1999
• Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)