Life can be painful and difficult at times. While friends, family, and others may want to help, you may not want to share the details of your difficulties with them or perhaps you have tried and did not get the response that you needed. If you are at the point where you feel stuck, overwhelmed, or are losing hope that you can change things for the better, therapy can serve as a welcome respite to collect oneself and reflect on what is really going on.
Within the context of a therapeutic relationship built on respect and curiosity, I help people address and process their most pressing concerns. In most instances, the painful emotions that bring people to treatment carry valuable information related to past experiences – traumas, disappointments, losses, unmet expectations – which may be triggered by present circumstances or significant life changes. By paying close attention to what transpires in the session, I work alongside my clients to assist them in identifying patterns of thinking, behaving, and relating that may be limiting or working against their goals in the areas of relationships, work, and life in general.
In terms of my background and training, I completed my formal education at Adler University in Chicago and my internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in California. I come to Clarity after working as a staff psychologist for an Intensive Outpatient Program providing evidence-based individual and group therapy for adults experiencing acute crises and severe mental health symptoms. While I am well versed in short term evidence-based treatments (ACT, DBT, CBT), I draw primarily on contemporary psychoanalytic, culturally sensitive, and relational models of treatment. Above all, I prioritize meeting people where they are at – collaborating with you to help you achieve your goals and discover pathways towards meaningful, creative, vital living.