Why does therapy work?

Believe it or not, the key to success is your relationship with your therapist. You don’t have to love every session or like everything I say. What matters is that you trust me and feel safe sharing your most private thoughts.


My approach is collaborative and non-judgmental, relying on experience and intuition as well as the field of neuroscience. Rather than focus on diagnosis and pathology, we’ll work together to identify strengths and opportunities. I think you’ll learn a bit (or a lot!) along the way.


Expect to be guided toward new insights through storytelling and metaphor. I have a talent for seeing the world through other’s eyes and for communicating in a way that they understand. I’ve been described as nurturing, insightful, and perceptive.


Saying I hope to make you laugh in therapy isn’t meant to imply I’m a comedian; far from it. But I do my best to not take things too seriously and to see humor and light where I can. 


I shoot straight and sometimes I cuss a lot. Expect to get lots of candid feedback from me and know that I’ll always deliver the message with kindness and respect. 


My lived experience informs and guides the work that I am fortunate to do. It’s an honor and a privilege to be trusted to hold space for other’s pain.

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Diversity, acceptance, and inclusion are core values of the profession of Social Work.

I strive to honor the ethical principles of my profession, and you can read about them here.

I welcome clients of all races, ethnicities, religions, cultural backgrounds, nationalities, genders, and sexual orientation. Although it is not your job to educate me, I will respectfully ask questions when I’m unfamiliar. I strive to provide a safe space for affirmation, healing, and transformation.


Beyond my professional obligations, I am personally committed to non-discrimination and ongoing examination of my own intrinsic biases. I strive to act in a way that shows regard, respect, and compassion to those with different backgrounds and experiences.

Are you ready to begin?