Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I tailor my trauma-informed and strength-based approach to empower clients on their unique path to thriving. I have always been passionate about supporting trauma survivors, which led me to focus the beginning of my career on crisis intervention and counseling survivors of domestic violence. This experience allowed me to hone my expertise in trauma-informed care, which I continue to use in my work with a broader population of clients. My work is exploratory and skill-focused, using solution-focused, emotion-focused, psychodynamic, dialectical-behavioral, and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic principles. I apply these techniques to help clients whose goals include: building self-esteem, healthy relationships, coping with anxiety, depression, & PTSD, becoming more attuned to their emotions, and navigating life transitions.
In a session together, clients can expect me to be fully authentic, collaborative, and ready to explore with them! My sessions are conversational and focused on guiding clients to learn more about themselves and build the skills they need to thrive. Skills we focus on may include: building self-compassion, identifying your strengths, developing healthy coping skills, assertive communication skills, and challenging unhelpful thoughts. I believe healing and growth come from a balance of support and challenge. Therefore, I support clients unconditionally and challenge them to look deeper within themselves to explore the roots of their ongoing struggles and past difficulties. Ultimately, I work with each client to create a safe and affirming space where they can be their most authentic self.
BS - Psychology & Communication (Double Major), SUNY Brockport
MS - Mental Health Counseling, University of Rochester
Master's Practicum & Internship - Willow Domestic Violence Center, Rochester, NY
I became a mental health professional because I have always found joy in helping others and wanted to find a career that allowed me to do this. My education and personal experiences in therapy highlighted how difficult it could be to find mental health professionals who provide high-quality, trauma-informed therapy. Therefore, I wanted to become a trauma-informed mental health professional to bridge this gap in care and increase access to quality mental health care.
Outside work, I love to hike and be in nature whenever possible! I also enjoy playing video games with friends, watching horror movies, and drinking lots of coffee.
I make an effort every day to check in with myself and my needs. I enjoy using journaling and guided emotional freedom tapping meditations to stay attuned to myself.
Since I am an introvert, I am conscious about dedicating space in my schedule for alone time to recharge my social battery, so I can be present in my work and relationships.
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