We all have the capacity to change and to grow. I look at behavior through the lens of the nervous system, because through this lens it is easier to see how choices and actions, even the ones that aren’t working out for us, come from our body and brain trying to keep us safe and meet our needs. With that understanding we can find new behaviors that address the root cause and create real healing.
I am a 2nd-year graduate student getting my Master’s in Social Work. I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. I am primarily influenced by body-based theories like polyvagal theory and post-traumatic growth somatic therapy.
I worked for the past 3 years in wilderness therapy supporting adolescents experiencing acute anxiety, anger, depression, self-esteem issues, and relational struggles. I help people find their strengths, learn new tools, and increase their resiliency. I also worked with families to support improved communication, emotional awareness, and self-regulation to create more connection and stronger relationships.
I am passionate about creating community. I believe that our strengths and struggles arise from the interaction between our internal world and our relationships with the people, systems, and environment around us. We are interdependent and our personal healing and collective healing are inherently intertwined. Before entering the world of therapy, I worked for many years with community gardens where food and a collective purpose brought us together at the intersection of physical health, mental health, environmental health, and community.
I work with LGBTQ+ experiences around sexuality and gender identity. And I work from a social justice perspective that includes an ongoing journey with anti-racist practices.
In my spare time you can find me mountain biking, swimming in the river, gardening, reading speculative fiction, cooking, or playing with my dog.