Welcome! During my initial meetings with my clients, I hear how intimidating it can be to make the first steps towards starting counseling. I love seeing the relief that comes when my clients know they have found the right counselor for them. I want you to learn about me and how I can help to make the first step feel easier.
While I have great experience and credentials, that doesn’t really give you a sense of what it is like to work with me (although I’ll list that at the bottom of this page). Counseling can be done in many different styles, which will greatly influence your experience. So let’s learn about my style.
I am not a smile and nod counselor. This means I am an active participant in our conversations and that I offer feedback and tools that you can use outside of our weekly sessions. You will feel heard and have a space to talk about whatever you need, but I will also offer practical activities such as relaxation exercises or worksheets to help you reach your goals.
My clients tell me I’m easy to talk to and that they really feel understood when we meet, even when their close family or friends are not able to relate to their experiences. My personality is warm and low key, but I’m able to offer a gentle push when you are feeling stuck.
I love mindfulness and use it both professionally and personally. I find it really powerful to be able to focus in on what’s really going on in front of us, rather than being lost in our heads or doing activities to zone out.
The credentials: I studied psychology at Washington University in St. Louis for my undergraduate education. I received my master’s in social work from Columbia University School of Social Work in New York in 2010.
I have 8 years of experience working in community mental health, primary care in community health, and in private practice. I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (license number LW60329300). I am also an approved supervisor for social workers working towards licensure.
It is my honor to witness my clients reconnecting with what is important to them and feeling in charge of their lives again. I love helping new parents and parents-to-be feel empowered and heard around the unexpected challenges that have arose.
Ready to get started? Contact me!