Pursuing therapy is a courageous act because it is a process where you can grow and evolve. I like to think of therapy as a collaborative process where we can work together to help improve the aspects of your life that are troubling and help you discover new things about yourself in the process. My background includes working with adults and young adults dealing with a variety of issues. My main focus is working with individuals who present with Gastrointestinal Issues (E.g. IBS, IBD, etc.) as well as other Chronic Illnesses. These issues and the symptoms that accompany them are not something we like to speak about. There is a great deal of shame and embarrassment that surrounds living with the life altering symptoms of chronic illness, not to mention the traumatic nature of these diagnoses. Furthermore, chronic illnesses are complex issues that deserve to be treated with the utmost patience, diligence, and empathetic understanding. My clinical work, research experience, and my own personal history with Chronic Illness makes me a great resource for these individuals. Problems of this sort not only take a toll on the body, they take a toll on the mind as well. I focus on the interplay between the mind and the body to help decrease the psychological stress that chronic health issues may cause.
I choose to use an integrative approach due to differences in personality types, socio-cultural factors, and the unique needs and goals of each client. I recognize that there isn’t just one way to help everyone. Therefore, I implement aspects from different disciplines into my sessions. Additionally, I strongly believe that there are a variety of factors that contribute to psychological distress that can only be adequately understood through the Biopsychosocial model, which asserts that any issues we may face can be affected by biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors. My biggest aspiration is for clients to feel accepted and supported in therapy as well as be challenged to forge their best self. This work isn’t easy, but it's worth it! I hope to have the opportunity to work with you!
* Please note that we will try our best to accommodate any therapist requests, in the event that we are unable to do so please know that all staff have extensive clinical training.