My Approach

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Who I Serve

The folks I work with are caring and hard-working individuals and families who know they want more meaning, peace, and satisfaction in their lives and relationships yet are unsure or are stuck in how to make change. I view my relationship with my clients as long-term. I see folks of all backgrounds, orientations, identities, expressions, and relationship and family constellations. I work with ages 10 and up.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Eating disorders and disordered eating

  • Body image

  • LGBTQ+

  • Gender identity

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Substance use and addiction

  • Adolescence

  • Parent coaching

  • Relationship concerns

  • Family of origin concerns

  • Shame resilience and self-compassion

  • Depression and anxiety

Professional Affiliations:

Education:

  • BA from Trinity University

  • MSSW from The University of Texas at Austin


Theoretical Background

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Skills that help get folks in touch with what really matters in the big picture, who they want to be, how they want to act and using this to help guide, motivate, and inspire behavior change while accepting the pain that life inevitably brings. The key question at the heart of ACT is: “Is what you are doing working to make your life rich, full and meaningful?” For more information, click here.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Practical skills that bridge mindfulness and behavioral strategies to help build a life worth living, regulate emotions, cultivate healthy and satisfying relationships, and reduce distress by integrating breathing and mindfulness techniques to nurture a sense of safety and self-compassion. For more information, click here.

EMDR

A powerful and effective tool for trauma recovery that incorporates bilateral stimulation to help process and release distressing memories and thoughts trapped in the mind and body. Research is growing that EMDR is also effective for eating disorders, substance use, depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties. For more information, click here.

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with substance use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use substances. Harm Reduction focuses on meeting you where you are and taking a holistic approach to your recovery. For more information, click here.

Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating

A radical anti-diet approach that celebrates body diversity, challenges societal assumptions, promotes eating in a flexible and attuned manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite, and supports finding the joy in moving one’s body and being physically active. This is about respecting and honoring your body and making peace with food. For more information, click here and here.

Interpersonal Neurobiology and Attachment Theory

In a nutshell, IPNB holds that we are ultimately who we are because of our relationships. Brain science and attachment research is showing more and more that positive and secure relationships can create physical brain change and promote psychological healing. What does this mean? Healthy and healing relationships like the one with a therapist can help heal past relationship difficulties and traumas and create new wiring in the brain for continued well-being in the future. For more information, click here.

Psychodynamic Theory

A theory that explains personality in terms of unconscious wishes and desires and explains that childhood experiences are crucial in shaping adult personality and helps someone find patterns in emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in order to gain insight into their current self. For more information, click here.

Somatic Healing

Body-centered techniques that connect mind, body, and spirit to help heal the nervous system from distress. This is a practice of attuning to the sensations of the body and building inner resources that provide a greater sense of stability. I utilize techniques from somatic experiencing, sensorimotor, and breathing and meditation practices. For more information, click here and here.