Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Therapy isn’t just a job for me – it’s a deeply fulfilling opportunity to connect with others and help them manifest lives of confidence and peace.
My journey began by helping myself. As a 21-year-old, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. My feelings of sadness could also morph into anxiety at times, as often these emotional states go hand in hand. My biggest fear was failure, and the chance I wouldn’t achieve my personal and professional goals. That’s when I decided to start therapy.
I found therapy to be a safe place to explore who I was, who I wanted to be, and how to get there. It took a couple of tries, but I finally found a therapist I worked well with and I made a commitment to the process. Since then, I have spent much of my life engaged in personal growth practices that have helped me conceptualize how to manage mental illness and live comfortably in my own skin. In exploring what worked for me, I enlisted therapy, spiritual practices like yoga and meditation, yoga therapy, creative pursuits such as art, performance, and writing, and traditional psychiatry, to name a few. I became a therapist in my 30s after pursuing a career in dance and yoga for over 10 years. From this body-based foundation, I came to understand that much of healing is about balancing our action with inaction or our “doing” with “being.”
We live in a constantly changing environment, so having a designated practice that slows everything down and connects us with our inner stillness is imperative. I have felt my life improve tremendously when I was able to sit with negative emotions rather than react to or ignore them. This is where so many of us get stuck. When I notice my mind react to negative emotions, it’s often in the form of a problematic narrative. When I become aware of this narrative, I actively practice letting it go.