The approach I take.
Thanks to advances in the neurobiological sciences, we are learning more and more about how and why therapy works. While science helps us to understand how and why suffering is alleviated through therapy, using this knowledge to foment positive change in our lives is an interpersonal practice; an art. From day one, I am transparent with my clients about how their brains work (e.g. the science) and why I am asking them to engage in a certain exercise or dive into a specific thought or feeling (e.g. the art). Knowledge is power and my goal is to empower my clients to not only reach their goals in therapy but to develop the insight, wisdom, and skill necessary to enhance all aspects of their lives.
The populations I serve.
I specialize in helping adolescents, adults, couples, and families who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma resolution. I am a cisgender, white female who enjoys working with clients from various cultural backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations. I continue to expand my multicultural competence through both independent study and the wisdom and experience that my clients share with me. While I am conversational in Spanish, my language skills are not sufficient to provide therapy in Spanish (yet!). That said, I am happy to perform a free consultation in Spanish. Once I have an understanding of their needs, I will do my best to connect any monolingual Spanish speaker to appropriate services within the community.
The therapeutic modalities I use.
Because each one of us is complicated and unique, to best meet the individual needs of each client, I integrate multiple, therapeutic modalities in my practice. That said, I find that I most frequently draw from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness in my work with individuals and Emotionally Focused Therapy and Structural Therapy in my work with couples and families. If you don’t have experience with therapy, these terms are just jargon. If helpful, I’ve penned a blog post that translates therapy speak in to plain English. If you’re curious about therapy and would like to learn more about how (and why) it works, don’t hesitate to schedule a free, 30 minute consultation with me at Code and Canvas.