Welcome! I have been working as a therapist for seven years in many different settings, including homeless shelters, in-home therapy, and outpatient counseling. I love working with individuals, couples, and families in all sorts of situations. I enjoy helping people find their strengths in order to start their own path toward healing.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I believe that our challenges and strengths emerge from a combination of our personality, biology, family upbringing, environment, stage of life, and current relationships. My goal as a therapist is to help individuals, couples, and families make sense of these influences and understand the context that affects them. My second goal is to support my clients in making the changes they want within this context. I collaborate with my clients to find what works for them in therapy be it validation, challenge, comfort, support, guidance, or a good laugh. In order to work toward these goals, I use systems-oriented therapy techniques such as narrative therapy, emotion-focused therapy, the Gottman method, attachment-focused therapy, and structural family therapy. I also use cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, EMDR, and mindfulness approaches in my sessions.
As a marriage and family therapist I am not limited to working with just marriages and families. I work with individuals and any combination of relationship you can imagine. Some examples include: dating relationships, siblings, parents and children, work partners, polyamorous relationships, and friendships. I believe that we can get stuck in negative patterns in our relationships and that going to therapy together allows people to work as a team to break out of those unhelpful patterns.
Some of my clients wonder how individual therapy works with a couple and family therapist. In my individual therapy I create a space for clients to recognize how our contexts and families shape our stories, but empower my clients to feel safe experimenting with breaking out of those old narratives and re-writing new versions of their stories. I work with clients experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, anger issues, trauma histories, grief, and life transitions.
When individuals and couples present with sexual concerns they often feel deep feelings of shame or experience stigma in asking for help. As a therapist with extensive training in the field of human sexuality, I help people create a safe, non-judgmental space to address a wide-range of sexual concerns. These can include: sexual arousal and desire issues, performance anxiety, sexual trauma, affairs, and developing intimacy. Through counseling we can open our minds about what sex should or shouldn’t be and create a context where we feel comfortable in our own skin. I also work extensively with the LGBTQIA+ community and am kink and poly-friendly. Additionally, I am respectful of all religious practices and beliefs when it comes to sexuality.
Adolescents and Children
As a family therapist I have extensive experience working with children and teenagers. I work with ages 10-18. My sessions with children involve a high level of parental involvement to help parents feel secure in their abilities to provide their children structure, support, and comfort. In my work with teenagers I deal with depression, anxiety, social media pressures, anger outbursts, academic challenges, family conflict, identity issues, and stage of life transitions. I create a down-to-earth, non-judgmental context to explore these topics.
- Master of Couple and Family Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, College of Health Professions, Philadelphia, PA, 2016
- B.S. in Psychology; B.A. in Dance, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, 2014
License, Certificates, & Awards
- Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, PA
- Prepare/Enrich Certified Facilitator
- Awarded departmental honors for Master’s thesis, Thomas Jefferson University, 2016
- Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
- Member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
Outside of work I enjoy quiet weekends at home watching new shows and movies with my partner. I am a huge nerd and love anime, reading, board games, video games, and Pokémon. I also love spending time with my cats Samwise and Pippin. I take dance classes and rock climb to keep myself moving. I also unwind with cooking and baking!