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New Growth

Therapeutic Approach

I apply an integrative, trauma-informed approach to therapy that focuses on resiliency. I work from psychodynamic awareness that past experiences and relationships serve an important role in identity creation and opportunities for growth, yet I will pull from other evidence based modalities when applicable. Evidence-based practices I use include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and the Matrix model of substance use treatment. I am also a certified facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich premarital counseling program and completed The Gehart Method: Therapy that Works Fall 2021 program; a strengths-based, collaborative and evidence-informed approach to treatment. 


One unique aspect of my practice comes from the perspective that mind and body are deeply connected. Our bodies are built to help us survive, so I believe often we develop ways of being, reacting, or experiencing that helped our survival but may no longer be relevant or helpful to our situation. My goal is to form a safe connection with clients to explore these factors that may contribute to their current difficulties. 


Therapy is unique to each individual, couple, or family and will feel different depending on each person's strengths and how they make sense of the world. We will often progress from a focus on immediate symptom alleviation, to a period of self-discovery, processing, and re-learning, to the co-creating of your next chapter. I believe all people are equipped with strengths, passions, and deep value no matter what they have experienced or are currently experiencing, and I strive to draw on these strengths to guide our work and help clients regain a sense of mastery, meaning, and connection in their lives. 

Areas of focus:

  • Adolescents

  • Relationships: communication, intimacy, parenting, and co-parenting

  • Premarital counseling: Prepare-Enrich program

  • Grief and loss

  • Life transitions

    • emerging adulthood

    • later-in-life transitions

    • family support​ for end-of-life processing

  • Related experiences such as...

    • anxiety

    • family conflict / divorce

    • low mood, depression

    • loss of interest or pleasure

    • feeling stuck

    • self-esteem

    • stress

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