Having worked in eating disorder treatment for many years, I have the knowledge and experience to help you and/or your loved one from many angles. Whether you are new to recovery or have been through treatment many times, I can help determine the appropriate level of care needed and uncover the underlying reasons for a disordered relationship with food, weight and/or exercise. I use evidenced based practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), combined with a relational approach to cease unhealthy behaviors, manage emotional responses, and achieve a sense of equilibrium. I take a holistic team approach by providing necessary referrals that specialize in ED (Dietitian, PCP Psychiatrist) as well as support groups and experiential therapy (food outings, exposures, etc.). I treat Body Dysmorphia, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), Eating Disorder NOS, Exercise Bulimia, as well as disordered eating and beliefs
Anxiety is one of the most common issues I see in my practice and I believe that this is because there is so much to be anxious about in our world today. Being human is, in and of itself, an anxiety-provoking experience for so many of us. I support clients through a variety of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness to reduce anxiety symptoms and increase coping so that life can feel more manageable again. Once we can recognize the connection between our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and behaviors, we can begin to identify negative patterns and gain control and relief that we never knew was possible.
I am extremely passionate about relationships of all kinds. A core tenant of my work is the belief that we are inherently relational beings. So, whether we are exploring your own issues and patterns in interpersonal relationships through individual therapy, diving in to the complexities of a romantic/intimate relationship in couples therapy, or working to improve dynamics in a family relationship/structure in family therapy, I am eager to help. I love helping people find ways to communicate preferences to their partner/family member and negotiate difficult situations when compromise seems impossible. I help folks have conversations that help bring about understanding and resolution. I also have experience supporting mid or post-divorce family build a new life together after separation and redefine relationships with children as well as with each other amidst huge change. I incorporate elements of Attachment Theory, Structural Family Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) as well as a variety of evidenced based tools to support clients in these contexts.
ADOLESCENTS + TEENS
After years spent up close and personal with adolescents and teens in PHP/IOP treatment during some of the most challenging moments of their lives, I feel confident in my ability to form powerful relationships with young people so that I can provide them with a safe and supportive space to explore the many stressors they face as developing humans. A large percentage of my practice is made up of amazing adolescents and teens struggling to navigate a host of challenges such as, life stage changes, peer pressure, self-esteem, family dynamics, self-harm, social anxiety, fitting in, behavioral issues, body image distress, anxiety, and depression. It is an honor and a privilege to be a trusted confidante and guide during such a formative period of life.
ADDITIONAL AREAS OF INTEREST
I utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS) techniques in session as well as teach and provide important grounding and mindfulness tools to support you in processing trauma and healing attachment wounding
I believe it is imperative for the LGBTQIA+ communities to have safe spaces and allyship in the exploration of gender identity, exploration of sexual orientation, coming out to family and friends, validating and affirming the authentic self, deconstructing heteronormativity, looking at internalized homo/bi/trans-phobia and so much more. You can expect unwavering support, respect, and openness in my office.
Whether you are wanting to make a career change, end a long-term relationship, or adjust to new circumstances, I can help you navigate the complexities of change, look forward, redefine goals, and process your emotions as you adjust.
Exploration of identity is one of the most common utilizations of individual therapy. Having a dedicated space and time to explore your sense of self, sexuality, religion, race, culture, career, etc. can be one of the most transformative experiences imaginable. I will help guide conversations and provide tools to to help you clarify and strengthen your sense of self, beliefs, values, desires, and preferences in the world.
Depression can be an absolute beast. I empathize with how heavy, bleak and hopeless things can feel for those of us who have experienced true depression. Our work together will focus on increasing self-acceptance and compassion, establishing healthy habits, and reconnecting with support and pleasurable experiences to improve your overall sense of well being. I can help you break down what feels insurmountable so that it becomes manageable.
One of the most powerful things in the world is the healing power of the private spaces we share together as women. As a woman myself, I value holding space and supporting other women through our unique experiences in the world. My hope is to provide a safe, empowering, non-judgmental, and no-bullshit container in our sessions to explore these experiences, gain clarity, and heal.