Working through my own creative process has helped me realize how we can truly get in our own way. My training in counseling psychology and my own personal work have given me the tools to see these roadblocks with compassion.
I am inspired when I can relay everything I have learned about the challenges we face. I am excited while breaking down the steps in a creative process or around a life trajectory. My work is a lot about setting goals, creating timelines and discussing accountability.
I work with people who are ready to work through what gets in their way and who have the drive to be guided in that process. I have been trained to hold the space for difficult emotions, to allow others to sit and feel them in that moment. While I am not the practitioner who will assist in peeling away and unpacking those emotional layers, I am the practitioner who acknowledges that those layers exist and I am able to help you forge a pathway through them. In other words, I can see how core wounds prevent us from reaching our goals and full potential, and I can help craft the steps needed to pursue a creative life.
You may want to start a specific writing project like a personal essay or maybe a full-length book but you might not know where to start. I can midwife you through that process and can even offer feedback and editorial support along the way.
A lot of people wonder how many sessions they may need or how often. There is no straight answer to that question. We can discuss that as we set goals and come up with a prospective timeline.
My career trajectory has been organic every step of the way and every shift in the type of work that I have pursued has carried me further along on my path.
I have worked as a project manager in advertising, design and academia. I have practiced as a psychotherapist in both community mental health and private practice settings. My academic training is in both philosophy and counseling psychology. And I am a writer with a committed creative writing practice.
In terms of my worldview, I take inspiration from a combination of Buddhist psychology, yogic philosophies and Western psychodynamics. I look at how our life experiences, wounds and unbalanced egos might get in the way of achieving our potential. I also look towards attachment theory and how our relationships and experiences with others, including our families of origin, truly infuse our sense of being in the world. And I firmly believe that we all have the ability to heal and to find joy in the every day.
I hold a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., and master's degree in counseling psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.