Adolescents (14+), Adults of All Ages (18-100+)
My approach to therapy is radically client-centered and generally insight-oriented. I come to the therapy session ready to listen carefully and to help you with your process. I consider it a great honor to be invited into my clients’ stories and am clear that you are the expert on your own life. What expertise I can bring to your process comes from long study (and a couple of decades of experience) in the fields of social work, psychology, social justice, and meaning-making. I favor Narrative and Internal Family Systems approaches but happily pull from CBT, Psychodynamic Theories, and anything else that might be rattling around in my toolbox, as is most helpful to a specific situation and a specific client. Tell me where you want to go and I will do my best to help you on the journey. If you are not ready to go anywhere, that’s okay, too. Safe space and support are valid goals and can give you strength to do whatever it is that you need to do, or not do, whenever it is that you feel correct.
- Life transitions and aging
- Chronic illness, including chronic mental illness
- Sexual identity, gender identity, and coming out
- Spiritual crisis
- Cognitive mismatch (both ends of the spectrum)
Getting to Know Me:
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Maya Angelou
My very first therapy client was ninety-nine years old. I was twenty-two. I still remember his stories, the way he made meaning of his history, and the despair he felt being unable to make meaning of his present situation. I never could have told him why things had come to where they were, then or ever, but I do believe that the process of looking for the why shapes the human experience. Telling ourselves and others who we are and why we are here is essential to the formation of a sense of self that can stand up to challenge. Those stories change through time, through crisis, through new experience, and through deliberate intervention. We are the authors of our own stories and, as we understand our stories, so we understand ourselves.
- Boston Univerity, BA English & Psychology
- Simmons College, MSW Chronic Illness and End-of-Life
- Boston College, PhD coursework in Social Work: Organizational Behavior and Social Justice