I offer a free initial consultation wherein you can learn more about my style and decide whether I am the right kind of therapist for you, and I can learn more about what you are seeking from therapy and decide whether I am the best person to help you with those needs. If it seems as though we would be a good fit to work together, then this would also serve as a transition to begin therapy. If not, then I am also able to provide referrals for providers who may better fit your therapy needs. This initial consultation can take place in-person or over the phone.
Individual therapy consists of 50-minute sessions. The duration of the therapy experience depends on the client's needs and desires, and I am able to provide both short-term and long-term therapy, depending on what is most appropriate. While some clients know from the beginning exactly how long they plan to commit to therapy, others require more time to outline a treatment plan. Either way, we will work together to decide an appropriate timeline. For most clients, weekly sessions are the best way to see the results they desire.
I have experience working with people who have a variety of concerns, such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, grief, and difficulty adjusting to transitions. In addition, my specialties include the treatment of disordered eating behaviors, stress management, and survivorship from unwanted sexual experiences.
Eating Disorder Treatment
I believe in using an integrative, multidisciplinary approach to eating disorder treatment. This means that I encourage collaboration with dietitians, physicians, and psychiatrists so that we can have the most accurate information and target this issue from multiple angles. In therapy, I have found that it can be helpful for clients to improve their understanding of why they are using food in unhealthy ways-- for some, binge eating is a way to fill chronic feelings of emptiness, restricting is a way to avoid frightening or unpleasant emotions, and purging is a way to get rid of feelings of shame. Whatever the reason, each person has a unique history with food. Armed with improved insight, I help my clients develop individualized strategies to fight back against the strength of their eating disorder and find new, effective ways of managing their experiences. This typically involves identifying new ways of coping with emotions and managing relationships, as well as navigating the process of learning a new style of viewing the self.
Survivorship From Unwanted Sexual Experiences
Unwanted sexual contact can be devastating, and it can make it hard to trust people. I believe that the healing process takes place only when survivors feel safe enough to process their experiences, and in therapy, I provide a space that is secure and directed by the client. As we explore how to recover from unwanted events, I help my clients find their strengths and resilience as they forge ahead and regain their feeling of empowerment.
LGBTQ+ Young Adults
Navigating an LGBTQ+ identity can be challenging, especially as a young adult who is going through so many other changes and transitions. I provide a safe space where clients can feel affirmed in their identity and explore how to become their most authentic self.
All information provided as part of the therapy experience, including whether or not I have ever seen a particular person in therapy, is kept confidential. This means that I cannot release any information about clients unless I have their written permission to do so. Under the APA Ethics Code and DC Law, there are some exceptions wherein I may be required to divulge information (i.e. if a client indicates specific, imminent harm to self or others; situations of child/elder abuse where a person is currently at risk of harm; as required by a court order). Confidentiality will be thoroughly discussed with each client prior to starting therapy.
Restore, a 4-week online stress management program designed to help you better navigate your environment and feel more in charge of your life.
When you join Restore, you will be able to access weekly coaching videos teaching you new aspects of stress management and supplementary workbook materials to continue the work on your own. Each week, you will learn how to identify what your triggers are and what your ideal coping style is.