Welcome! I’m thrilled you have found me!
Congratulations on taking the first step to change your life..I can’t wait to work with you.
All types of clients usually come to me..
Usually it’s those clients who are trying to keep up and feeling completely overwhelmed, anxious, and stuck. Finding yourself trying to live with intention, maintain a healthy physical and emotional balance within relationships, be successful in your career, and be this thriving image of self-care but have gotten to a place of feeling truly burnt out.
Maybe you feel like you were finally catching on, then an unexpected change left you stressed and anxious, or maybe you’ve never felt like you’ve been able to manage to begin with. Either is ok. There are so many phases in life. They come with new responsibilities, we face unexpected life transitions, adversity, just huge, life altering changes and are still expected to go on functioning at a high level while oftentimes putting our own needs last.
Feeling stuck and feeling like everything is way too overwhelming, can feel awful. You may find yourself feeling miserable, irritable, hopeless, maybe losing patience with someone you love, or not understanding why you feel the way you do at all. It can make day to day communication with others extremely difficult, problem solving seem impossible, and simple conflict and disappointment feel catastrophic. Just getting by, never addressing our own needs or taking the time to learn coping skills we all desperately need can leave us feeling unfulfilled, anxious, stuck, insecure, unproductive and unable to move forward. The relationships we have with the people around us are impacted by this, but even more importantly, the relationship we have with ourselves.
Therapy begins with you…
If you’re reading my bio, that means you’ve at least started to contemplate the idea of therapy. Congratulations! You’re already in the first stage of change. Maybe in this stage of contemplation you’ve found yourself a bit hesitant to be vulnerable with a stranger, or don’t know what to expect, and that has held you back. This is 100% valid. If that’s the case for you, let’s address it!
You might be picturing the low energy therapy scenes that you see in movies where the therapist just listens while occasionally asking “how does that make you feel?”. If you are, rest assured this is not that. Therapy can be fun, we can incorporate your own interests, we may role play scenarios or use visuals. Therapy can be hard, and feel scary and heavy at times. But it will never be boring or a waste of time. Especially if you are seeing me as your therapist!
My goal is to empower you through therapeutic skill building. I work with my clients on a ton of issues! Some of these issues include: raising self-esteem, self-acceptance, and learning communication strategies to help in relationships. I even teach clients how to maintain a personal identity when they have transitioned into parenthood, or even when to set boundaries professionally or with that difficult family member. Whatever it is, I will work with you to determine the best coping methods for YOU so that you can feel confident that you have the skills necessary to take a deep breath, handle the tough stuff, and move forward.
Our first session…
Our initial session will focus on all things YOU. Getting to know you, who you are, what you have experienced, and what you are currently dealing with. My sessions are structured solely around you. I encourage my clients to get physically relaxed and comfortable while we dig deep, identify your concerns, and discuss your expectations for therapy. I will help you to develop measurable goals so that you are able to easily see your own progress during our time together.
Each following session will be spent working towards your goals and processing any new issues you may have faced in your week.
There are many therapists out there, finding one that you connect with will be a vital part of your therapy journey. You should know that when working with me I wholeheartedly value my clients being able to come to therapy as they are. You can expect to never be judged and know that your feedback and input is always welcome.
With all that’s on your plate, I know that your time is valuable. If you have chosen to set aside time to work on yourself, I always want you to leave our sessions feeling as though your goals and needs for that session are met and that you are leaving with something useful.
With that being said, I do often give homework. Sometimes tangible, like a worksheet. Other times, a think piece, like a question to ponder on or a challenge to utilize one of your new coping methods. Doing the work outside of your session is such an important factor in getting you closer to meeting your goals.
The end goal…
I am fully confident in the ability for our sessions to make a great impact when there is mutual respect, understanding, honesty, and commitment to growth. I believe that self-care is not just spa days and tangible items, but also showing up to therapy when life becomes too much to handle on your own. I aim to provide my clients with the space to spend intentional time on themselves and become empowered to eventually move past therapy. I have a passion for people and connection and would love to help you make the transition from just getting by, to actually being able to enjoy life.
By creating space for you, therapy can be the place you learn new behaviors and skills to change how you view your life.
Some of my education and training…
I received both my Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work from Wayne State University.
I primarily work with children, teenagers, adults, couples, family sessions and parents who struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, self acceptance, life transitions, navigating relationships and change.
In my practice, I utilize evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Informed methods, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness as well as strengths-based and person centered approaches.
When I am not doing therapy…
I enjoy creating whether that be trying new recipes, painting, or crafting.
Spending time with family.
Binging true crime documentaries and videos.
It’s time to take care of you…
Choosing yourself can be hard. It will remain last on your list of things to do for as long as you let it. But you deserve more than just getting by. You deserve to leave behind the weight of constant stress, intrusive negative thoughts, and feelings of dread. You deserve to step into the next phase of your life where you can not only feel confident that you are able to navigate the harder things but also feel relaxed enough to truly enjoy the great moments too.
My hope for you is that you have found yourself reading therapist profiles because you are ready to choose yourself. If you are ready, or even contemplating being ready but are unsure of what to do with those feelings, I am here to help you start.
Call me today for an initial appointment! (248) 962-3329