“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
― Anais Nin
It takes tremendous courage to ask for help. All of us, at times, wrestle with pain and darkness, feeling stuck, lost, or alone. I believe everyone deserves to have their story heard and their struggle validated. As we share our story in a safe space, it becomes easier to confront and own its frightening parts so that we may gain greater understanding, control, and power to live the life we want. My favorite researcher, Brené Brown, says, “when we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.” I view my role as a supportive and nonjudgmental partner who will hold space for you as you do the hard work of writing, or re-writing, your own story.
I am a licensed graduate professional counselor, practicing at Bodhi and at a group practice in Baltimore. I work with adolescents and adults in individual, family, couple, and group therapy. I see clients who are experiencing relationship difficulties, family conflict, anxiety, social isolation, loss, existential concerns, and life transitions, among other issues. I use a client-centered approach to counseling, drawing largely from existential-humanistic theories and integrating mindfulness and expressive-arts techniques. I seek to understand clients from a holistic perspective that takes into account their unique family of origin, past and present relationships, biology, and social, cultural, and physical environments.
After years of a research career in biological anthropology and bioethics, I draw a lot from science, including the neurobiology of attachment and emotion. I also do walk-and-talk therapy with clients who desire an alternate setting, as I believe strongly in the therapeutic value of nature, movement, and exercise. I have additional training in trauma-based therapies and sand therapy.
I find this work profoundly rewarding, and I am honored to be trusted with each client’s unique story. In exchange, I bring my natural warmth, presence, life experience, authenticity, humor, and playfulness into the therapeutic relationship. I invite you to come in and see if we are a good fit!