I believe that each person, no matter their experiences, has the ability to heal, grow, and lead a life full of harmony, abundance, and joy. The main vehicle for that healing is the therapeutic relationship. I focus on creating a trusting, supportive, and safe relationship in which therapy will unfold. I begin each session with the anticipation that joy, healing and hope will be found, even in the tiniest amounts. I strive to create a warm and compassionate atmosphere in which a person can be known and come to know their true self.
I have a specialized focus working with people who have experienced relational trauma: physical or sexual abuse, emotional or physical neglect, intimate partner violence (domestic violence), rape, or other harm caused within relationships. I believe that despite the traumas or challenges people may experience, our brains and bodies are uniquely equipped to overcome these adversities, if given the opportunity. Therapy presents a unique opportunity to do just this.
I am an active and supportive therapist, who seeks to understand my clients’ life stories, early relationships, and experiences in order to gain an understanding of the person’s current difficulties. I provide education about the neurobiology of the human brain and the lasting impact of childhood experiences. When necessary, I also provide information on the nature of trauma in order to help clients gain an understanding of what might otherwise feel unmanageable. In addition, I teach clients skills and tools to cope with difficult emotions and find relief. I support clients in learning to recognize the emotions and sensations they are experiencing in their body. These different techniques fall within psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and dialectical behavioral therapy treatment interventions. All of my work is guided by the frameworks of interpersonal neurobiology and trauma informed care.
I believe that a person’s mind, body, and spirit are intrinsically connected, and will work with clients to care for their physical selves as well as their psychological and spiritual selves. For the same reason, I will also approach therapy from a Christian perspective and use its spiritual underpinnings to guide the clinical work at the client’s request. I work with all individuals regardless of spiritual practice, gender identification, race, ethnicity, disability, or relationship status. I allow the person’s spiritual frame of reference and personal morals or values guide our work together.
501 Church Street NE
Vienna, VA 22180
Phone: (703) 592-4243