“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.” –W. Goethe
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“…I learned there is a strength inside of me that cannot be tampered with…”
We all have turning points in our lives, moments where we must forget everything we were conditioned to believe and move into the unknown. It is in these moments where we find our inner strength, our true abilities, and our passions are able to shine through and illuminate the way. In 2016 I graduated from college and found myself on my own, with two decades worth of unexamined emotional baggage in tow. So, like any responsible, conscientious adult, I found a therapist. Well, not exactly – I decided to work as a sea kayak guide instead. That summer I lead trips on Lake Superior along a beautiful 42 mile stretch of sandstone cliff line. Throughout those hot, summer months, the water taught me how to work hard, and then harder. To be a strong, compassionate, competent leader. To respect Mother Nature, be patient with her, and read the signs she tells us. Most of all, I learned there is a strength inside of me that cannot be tampered with, and an ability to succeed in life no matter the storm.
“I believe you are worthy as you are – an imperfect human who is willing to open your heart for your own health and wellbeing.”
As a therapist who has worked with a wide range of individuals from all walks of life, I value the therapeutic alliance My experience as a kayak guide led me to the Wilderness Therapy program at Naropa, where I not only dug into the field of counseling, but I dug into my inner landscape as well. As a deeply empathetic clinician, I know first-hand the vulnerability and bravery it takes to come to therapy. My specialty lies in mindfulness-based interventions, where we turn towards present-centered emotions with kindness and empathy. From my perspective, there is no such thing as being “fully healed,” because this stems from the idea that you’re broken and need to be fixed to be worthy. I believe you are worthy as you are – an imperfect human who is willing to open your heart for your own health and wellbeing. There are always new pieces of yourself to discover, and you don’t have to do this alone. If you’re seeking therapy, it is because you have the willingness to try new ways of being and communicating. You’re willing to be self-aware and to hold yourself accountable. And most importantly, you’re willing to put in the effort it takes to learn new coping skills and adapt to new and challenging situations. I believe that where there is willingness, there is hope. As a highly skilled and empathic clinician, I can guide and support you through life’s challenges.
“…my clients and I create an environment of trust and partnership.”
As a therapist who has worked with a wide range of individuals from all walks of life, I value the therapeutic alliance first and foremost. From my work with clients, I know that no one’s experiences or hardships can be compared to another’s experiences – so by cultivating a cooperative working relationship between myself and my clients, I can best fit their unique needs. From this approach, my clients and I create an environment of trust and partnership. I have a wealth of knowledge about various therapeutic approaches but have found that Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Gottmans Method are the approaches I pull most from. At the foundation of these approaches is Mindfulness and orienting the mind and body to present-centered experiences.
I have a deep passion for the natural world, and believe humans can be physically and emotionally healthier when they’re connected to the environment. My concentration of study in graduate school was Wilderness Therapy, which incorporates traditional psychotherapy with nature-based therapeutic interventions. These unique interventions work best if I can sit or walk with my clients in an outdoor space, but they may also be incorporated into teletherapy sessions.
You can find me on Psychology Today.
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