I am a licensed psychotherapist with seven years of experience working with young adults, millennials, and adults who are struggling with... well, LIFE!
If you have found yourself wondering "Who am I? Where am I going? And what on earth is my purpose?", you've stopped by the right place!
How can I help? Because I have been there, done that, and also worked to conquer my own perfectionistic demons through these very same treatment strategies, as I value "practicing what I preach".
I describe my therapeutic style as warm, non-judgmental, irreverent, and genuine... meaning that sometimes, I will call you on your stuff (!) but in a way that is compassionate, respectful, and productive. We will definitely laugh a lot, learn a lot, and we will certainly grow a lot together during your journey!
My clinical experience has been working in partial hospital and intensive outpatient settings where I was fortunate to receive extensive training in treating women's issues, eating disorders, trauma and PTSD, chronic impulsivity, substance abuse, anxiety, and mood disorders.
I have received specific and advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness based therapy, and compassion focused techniques. In addition, I have assisted in curriculum and program development for the Emotional Eating Program at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health, and given presentations and trainings on how to integrate DBT and mindfulness practices into the treatment of eating disorders across treatment settings.
I am a certified Eat Breathe Thrive Facilitator and value the role of the mind-body connection to promote body image and ED recovery and healing.
My goal is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths in a safe and supportive environment. We achieve this by integrating didactic treatment strategies derived from: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Prolonged Exposure, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based therapy, and compassion focused techniques.
In other words, I will teach you concrete skills, tools, and strategies to help you reduce problem behaviors, improve relationships, and have more control over your mind and emotions! These skills are the gateway to discovering your deepest values, passions, and goals so that you can start living a LIFE THATS WORTH LIVING!
If you've ever googled this, you know that there are 1,000,000 different variations of the definition! You've also probably noticed that it's a super "trendy" thing right now in our culture, but mindfulness has been practiced in Eastern parts of the world for literally THOUSANDS of years, because it works... like REALLY works.
In essence, mindfulness is the ability to live life in the present moment by paying attention to our bodies, minds, and external experiences in a way that is compassionate and non-judgmental.
According to Buddhist teachings, mindfulness practice helps to develop self-knowledge and wisdom said to eventually lead to "enlightenment" or the complete freedom from suffering (woo hoo!).
Growing research in the field indicates that cultivating a mindful lifestyle can significantly improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, concentration, and emotional reactivity (another, woo hoo!).
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced based treatment first developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the early 90's intended to help individuals struggling with chronic self-harm behaviors and Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT has since evolved to successfully treat a wide variety of mental health disorders including: PTSD, eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, and more!
In a nutshell, the ultimate goal of DBT is to help clients build a life that is worth living by reducing ineffective behaviors and replacing them with skillful ones! This is done by teaching you skills to CHANGE problem behaviors and emotions, and also, ACCEPT the emotions and moments that you simply cannot change.
Skill modules include: core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Unsure of what major to choose? Unsatisfied with your career choice? Wondering why you keep finding yourself in that same "type" of relationship again and again? Do you often feel like you should have ALREADY had the wedding, the baby, and landed the dream job? Worry that time is ticking away and you are still living an unfulfilled life?
Being an adult in today's society is HARD and can trigger a lot of new anxiety, perfectionism, comparisons, and uncertainty. Let me help you surrender to the unknown, let go of the "timeline", and start living your life to the fullest right NOW.
Chances are if you are reading this, a small part of you is already desperate to let go of the obsessive thoughts about what to eat, what not to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, calories, diets, and how it will all impact the number on the scale, appearance, size, and sense of self. You may, or may not be, just as desperate to let go of the bingeing, purging, exercising, and restricting too. While you may know rationally that these thoughts and behaviors have held you captive to your own body and mind for so long, you are also probably terrified of even imagining a life without them; change is scary AND it's completely liberating as it is the only path to freedom!
Wherever you fall on this spectrum of readiness for change, I will meet you there, support you, and guide you toward a lifestyle of recovery.
You may already be asking yourself, was that really considered a "trauma"? It's important to know that trauma does not discriminate and people experience different trauma's on different levels, yet the impact that these experiences can have on ones life can be equally as damaging.
Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events that can really get in the way of functioning and living. I can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing through education, exposure, and behavior therapies.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling, treatment, and skills training, I am able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Our first session will be 75 minutes long so that we can do a full assessment of your background and what you're hoping to accomplish in therapy.
Concurrent sessions: These usually occur once/week (sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on your individual needs and the type of therapy work we are doing together) and last 50 minutes.
For those who are looking for some extra meal time support, I offer in-vivo meal coaching in my office (or sometimes, outside of my office) where we will share a meal together and work through your challenges with skills training in the moment! These sessions can also be arranged via phone. These sessions will usually last between 30-45 minutes.
If you are purely looking to focus on learning new coping skills to supplement your work with another provider, I offer individual DBT skills training sessions that will occur weekly for 50 minutes. In order for this to be most effective, I will coordinate with other members of your treatment team.
Call today for a free 15 minute phone consultation prior to scheduling! I will review payment options during this time as well.