Part of My Story
My friends would tell you that I am passionate about Internal Family Systems because it changed my life and I believe it can change your life too. I come with passion, patience, loyalty, a deep sense of spiritual connection and openness. I can be a bit of a nerd who loves learning and finding what actually helps myself and others grow. In sessions I offer myself and guide people through their internal world for deeper understanding. I am constantly quickly assessing myself internally to interact with you from the most true and Self-Led place possible. I attune to you and help you to find that magical Self place within yourself.
My road to becoming an individual therapist specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma therapy and suicidal ideation support has been unique. I started off wanting to be a minister in a liberal christian church. Being an introvert I came to understand one on one conversations are the most fulfilling. Knowing this about myself and the growth I experienced in my personal therapy when I was in seminary led me to seek a counseling degree. I am like all humans who have struggles and challenges in life. I have lived with suicidal ideation and learned how to hear messages from suicidal thoughts for self-care. My mind and body have messages for me. I fully believe your body and mind hold powerful message for you, too. I have learned over the years how to attune to myself. Learning to attune to myself has been drastically important on my path to transformation and healing.
Although I believe transformation and healing can be a life long journey, I also know there have been pivotal points in my life that led to a deeper sense of knowing myself and being grounded in who I am. I can only thrive when I feel grounded in myself. With work through several therapists I went on a journey. First, I discovered I have feelings and began to feel them and be less dissociated. Next, I worked with a somatic therapist to gain grounding and comfort in my own body and learned tangibly about boundaries. Then I moved into a relational therapy model where I began to transform pre-verbal hurts through honesty and trust in the therapy relationship. However, one of the most powerful experiences has been with Internal Family Systems. I have many parts (which is a normal human experience). Parts work has allowed me to clearly identify what is happening inside and how to offer that part of me the care it needs. When I am able to notice parts of myself and connect to them I become more appreciative of the life I have and hopeful, knowing I can thrive in this life. Caring for parts of me is how I tenderly love myself. You too can learn to be grateful and loving towards all aspects of you, even the most fearful parts.
I use my own growth experiences as a therapist. Knowing my own parts well I am able to provide for my own needs, allowing me to show up devoted to your needs and situation. I bring a grounded, passionate and creative presence into the therapy room where I met you in your struggles. I know it is not easy to share vulnerabilities and trauma with another person. I value all parts you come with and we will work with each part to establish trust, both internally and externally. I am here to be a guide in supporting your goals, healing, and transformation. You are so courageous for even considering therapy. I know you may need time to reach out. See if you can find that small voice in you that is courageous and knows reaching out will benefit all of you. As you are ready to live from your deepest inner power contact me and we will journey together as you unfold who you truly are.