There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.
— Maya Angelou

About Therapy

Whether you're seeking individual, couples, or group therapy, psychotherapy is a worthwhile investment in your future and overall health. We all do our best to manage life's challenges, but sometimes we reach a point where our usual strategies just stop working. When life starts to feel beyond our control, having an attentive, objective listener can be invaluable.

As your therapist, I offer a welcoming, nonjudgmental space reserved just for you.

Individual Therapy

I approach therapy as a collaborative process. My style addresses practical concerns as well as unconscious motivations for behavior. Depending on your circumstances, we might explore the impact of past events on your present relationships and ways of coping. We might focus on your present-moment thoughts, emotions, or body sensations to deepen your understanding of a confusing situation. Or, we might examine how you tend to deal with your feelings and find healthier options for you. 

In our work together, the focus is on you: your history, your patterns, your reactions to events and people. By getting comfortable with your internal experiences and learning how to work skillfully with them, you can begin to make more informed and intentional choices. It's my joy to support you in this process.

Everyone's story is unique, so your progress will depend on our fit together, your readiness for therapy, your ongoing commitment, and your goals. My goal is to offer you a space to speak freely and take positive risks, giving you support and feedback along the way.

What can I help you with?

My specialties include:

  • clarifying needs in relationship
  • setting healthy boundaries
  • managing chronic stress and anxiety
  • releasing blocks that hinder career growth and creativity
  • supporting changes that increase self-esteem and confidence
  • navigating difficult life transitions
  • finding meaning as a motherless daughter
  • building resilience to shame, rejection, and self-criticism
  • healing from childhood emotional abuse and neglect
  • reflecting on issues of identity, purpose, and meaning

Couples Therapy

It's possible to have a conscious, connected, satisfying partnership.

Whether you're in a long-term relationship that needs attention, are facing serious challenges, or simply want to deepen your connection, couples counseling can help. 

Drawing from Toni Herbine-Blank’s model of couples therapy, Intimacy from the Inside Out, I support partners in doing deep, personal work in the context of relationship work:

  • Understand what’s driving repetitive fights and uncomfortable patterns of relating
  • Learn about your own and your partner’s emotional needs
  • Gain clarity through both interpersonal and intrapsychic work
  • Start practicing new, skillful communication with each other

Group Therapy

Join ongoing process groups for women who understand your challenges. (Schedules TBD.)

    Motherless Daughters

    A therapeutic support group for undermothered women

    Days and times TBA; contact me with inquiries.

    Losing a mother is one of the worst things a woman can go through. We may lose confidence in our ability to lead a fulfilling life, and can spend years feeling confused, abandoned, angry, alienated from our peers, numb, adrift, or profoundly bereft. Without enough support for our grief, life can feel overwhelming. 

    If you’re a woman who identifies as “motherless”—either through death, mental or terminal illness, or estrangement—join an ongoing process group for women who understand your challenges.

    In this group, you will:

    • Discover a safe, supportive space to connect with women like you
    • Share your story without shame
    • Find comfort and strategies for living through loss

    This group offers discussion, meditation, experiential exercises, and space to relax into community with women who can relate to profound loss. Topics include navigating milestones, cultural triggers, impact on relationships, ambiguous or anticipatory grief, and finding fresh meaning.

    A guiding resource for discussions (not required reading) is the book Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman.

    Useful Reading

    Here's a list of books that inform my approach and that I recommend to clients from time to time.

    Christopher Germer: The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

    Christopher Germer: The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

    Jasmin Lee Cori: The Emotionally Absent Mother

    Jasmin Lee Cori: The Emotionally Absent Mother

    Tara Brach: True Refuge

    Tara Brach: True Refuge

    Pema Codron: When Things Fall Apart

    Pema Codron: When Things Fall Apart

    Hope Edelman: Motherless Daughters

    Hope Edelman: Motherless Daughters

    Bessel van der Kolk: The Body Keeps the Score

    Bessel van der Kolk: The Body Keeps the Score

    Tara Brach: Radical Acceptance

    Tara Brach: Radical Acceptance

    Spring Washam: A Fierce Heart (coming Nov. 2017)

    Spring Washam: A Fierce Heart (coming Nov. 2017)

    Reid Wilson: Don't Panic

    Reid Wilson: Don't Panic

    Jonice Webb: Running on Empty

    Jonice Webb: Running on Empty

    Linda Graham: Bouncing Back

    Linda Graham: Bouncing Back