Counseling can be hard work.
You’ve spent so long telling yourself to “just deal with it,” and telling everyone else “I’m fine.”
Making time to face it all (without really knowing what to expect) can feel like a major undertaking.
Although the work can seem intimidating, counseling lets you finally sort through all the things you’ve been pushing down and tolerating. It can mean a lot of hard work, but can also be the best way to help you find your most authentic self. It can mean finally feeling at peace with yourself even when you’re alone with your own thoughts.
Let me help you find hope and resilience.
I find great satisfaction in helping people change from tolerating the same old habits, worries, doubts, and stresses day after day to THRIVING with newly found hope and resilience. Learning why thoughts and feelings work the way that they do. Learning how to recognize and effectively respond to cues your bodies give you. Noticing the positive impact on how you feel. Realizing that you have more choices than you realized, learning that even small adjustments can make a big difference.
Sometimes uncomfortable things need to be discussed for change and healing to happen. But there’s nothing quite as amazing as getting back choices that worries took away from you.
The hard work is so worth it.
We’ll evaluate where you are – and collaborate about where you want to go.
When we work together, I assess your experience, focus on what you want to be able to take out of the time, and make recommendations for the most successful path forward. While big change takes time, each session holds opportunity for manageable pieces of work.
In our sessions, we work collaboratively and will check in at the end of each one to review what you’re taking away from it. I will emphasize the importance of setting aside some time for yourself afterward to be able to reflect and decompress. We may even agree to send you away with homework to do between sessions to practice what you’ve learned.
I am a licensed professional counselor and have extensive experience working with both new and long-term anxiety, stress, self-doubt, life transitions, communication difficulties, parenting issues, and existential crises. With nearly 20 years in practice, I am known for helping people navigate complex and limiting situations.
As someone who grew up surrounded by nature, one of my most treasured experiences is feeding wild birds from my hands. The extraordinary privilege of interactions like those were, among other things, early lessons in the value of trust, patience, and respect.
I carry this forward into counseling by making a space where you can be assured that you are able to say what you need to say and know that you will be treated with patience, kindness, and respect.
My career began caring for people in medical crisis in a hospital setting. This usually meant never seeing them again and never knowing how they coped with those drastic life changes. Supporting the emotional wellbeing of patients and their families during intense and often life-altering situations made me interested in continuing care for people during the “now what” parts of their lives. I was especially interested in the effects that anxiety has on resiliency (and vice versa) and how for some people overwhelm can reach a point where it becomes difficult to see the best way forward.
I eventually transitioned to practicing therapy as a way to help people find the emotional and cognitive resources they need to be able to understand where they want and need to be. I completed my degree in counseling from Loyola University in Maryland and am licensed to practice in Virginia.
I live in Washington DC with my husband, our daughter, a cat, and a “pet” wild cardinal who comes to visit when he’s called. When I’m not in the office or spending time with family and friends, I’m either reading, somewhere outdoors, in a museum, or playing music.