University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- chronic and acute trauma
- family of origin concerns
- generalized and social anxiety
- relationship with self and others (including self-worth, self-esteem, perfectionism)
- life transitions and adjustment
- psychological assessment of neurodevelopmental, learning, and personality concerns
- mind-body relationship and neurobiology of psychological distress
- supervision and training
Approach to Therapy:
Therapy is unique and there is no one way to define what it is or how it can transform lives, not just on the clients’ end but also often for the therapist. As a therapist, I feel honored that clients are willing to share the pain and darkness in their life, restored by the strength and resiliency inherent in each client and therefore the human condition, and humbled by the many life experiences I hear, knowing that it is a true privilege to get to know people and the world the way I have. The last point is especially poignant because some experiences are vastly different than mine and yet, there is a sense of universality that connects me to each and every client. Because I know we are all connected somehow, I strive to create a trusting, open, collaborative relationship with my clients. The greatest cornerstone of my style is listening closely and curiously. I, sometimes, use humor because laughing can instill hope. Ultimately, my wish is each client sees their strengths, moves through the pain, is able to cope more effectively, gains insight, feels they can enact their autonomy, and incorporates new behaviors that increases their quality of life. More technically, I operate from a brief psychodynamic, interpersonal-process, cognitive behavioral, and cross-cultural lens. I also know each client is their own person, so I use other approaches such as acceptance-commitment therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, solutions-focused approaches, and others, as needed.
Approach to Wellness:
Knowing what I need to be well and how to achieve those needs is an ongoing process, which is also always changing depending on my life circumstances. I very much believe in trial and error, so I’m often trying new approaches (be it sleep schedule, nutrition, exercise, relationships, hobbies) to see which one will suit me best at that point in time. That being said, I also have some tried-and-true aspects of wellness that have weathered the test of time, stress, and financial circumstances. These include spending time with my family and friends doing some cool activity (like traveling to a new place) or just hanging out and not really doing anything except enjoying each other’s company (food is likely involved in these encounters). I love being outside, so whenever possible I go for walks/hikes and visit the beautiful lakes and rivers of Michigan. I am also an avid sports fan because of the sense of community, great food, and spirit of camaraderie and competition. I’ll watch any sport and any team (while always being a fierce Wolverine), though I have never competitively played any. And I love the arts - movies, music, books, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and really anything that is beautiful and poetic.