My approach to individual therapy emphasizes helping people learn the skills to thrive in relationships, school, work, and creativity. I strive to provide a warm, nonjudgmental atmosphere in which you can increase self-understanding and take the steps needed to change ineffective patterns. I often incorporate mindfulness training as part of therapy as a tool to expand awareness, decrease suffering, and increase your ability to experience a wide range of emotions, including joy and self-compassion.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is an evidenced-based cognitive behavioral treatment that combines individual therapy sessions with group skills training classes and on-call skills coaching. Treatment focuses on replacing harmful and ineffective behaviors with skills and strategies to clarify personal values and enhance quality of life. DBT classes teach mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. I lead group classes for adolescents, college students, and young adults.
Prolonged Exposure for PTSD
Prolonged Exposure is a cognitive behavioral therapy focused on helping people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although treatment length may vary, PE has been shown to be effective in about 3 months of weekly sessions. DBT-PE combines Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Prolonged Exposure to treat symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in individuals who may be high risk or have problems in multiple areas in addition to PTSD. I also provide consultations for individuals to assess for PTSD and provide treatment recommendations.
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Perhaps you harbor negative feelings and beliefs about your body, or you chronically feel numb and disconnected, or maybe you experience intense panic responses (rapid heart rate, shallow breathing, shaking, sweating, etc) to objectively safe situations. Movement sessions directly address these physiological aspects of trauma. You'll learn and practice somatic awareness and gentle movements to increase freedom, connectedness, and creativity. These sessions are not about reliving your traumas, but about developing a new relationship with yourself in which you may feel more comfortable in your own skin.
College Admissions Coaching
College admissions coaching is available for students who will be prioritizing mental health and wellness in their college admissions, readmissions, or transfer process. I draw from my experience working in undergraduate admissions at Northwestern University, where I read and evaluated applications, my many years as a counselor at IvyWise, where I guided students from all over the world through their college application process, as well as my work as a therapist for high school and college students. College admissions coaching is tailored to the individual needs of each student, and may include guidance on clarifying strengths and priorities, help explaining medical leaves, managing anxiety in the application process, developing skills for coping with the transition to college, and establishing a campus support network.