Clinical Approach

Sometimes difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences take us away from the life we want to live. I provide a non-judgmental and secure space where, together, we can clarify your goals and develop a treatment plan. My approach to therapy is grounded in evidence-based clinical practices. Combining cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based modalities, I help clients develop insight and action to creating balanced, engaged, meaningful lives. Coming to someone new with problems that may be difficult to discuss is not easy.  My priority in beginning to work with a new client is to create a safe, supportive, and accepting environment for us to begin our work together.  I like to work collaboratively with my clients and have them actively involved in identifying and prioritizing treatment goals. Most people come to me with more than one problem and the problems are often complicated.  So, the best approach often involves a blend of techniques, including some that may be created and tailored specifically for that individual.  As therapy progresses, I provide feedback and offer suggestions about ways to practice new skills and translate therapy insights into change. I use evidence-based therapy approaches because they are often most effective and efficient.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a cornerstone of my treatment approach.  It is supported by strong research evidence and can be applied effectively to a broad range of needs.  It involves examining patterns of behavior and thought that cause and prolong problems, such as depression and anxiety.  In my work with individuals, I also use aspects of other therapies supported by research evidence, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).  These approaches teach skills for coping with challenging emotional states and interpersonal problems, living in the present, accepting the aspects of life that can’t be changed, working through ambivalence, clarifying values, and making day to day life a reflection of what is most important.


Whether you have an established diagnosis or are new to therapy, I’m here to help.  

The following list includes areas in which I have experience and expertise.  It is not comprehensive.  If you need help with something outside of these areas, you are welcome to contact me to discuss.  If I am not a good match for your needs, I will help you find an appropriate provider.

Mood Problems: depression, bipolar disorder
Anxiety: panic, excessive worry, specific fears, performance anxiety, social anxiety, health anxiety
Trauma: sexual, physical, emotional abuse and other sorts of traumas
Social Difficulties: social anxiety, isolation, social skills challenges
Parenting Problems: parent-child relational difficulties, attachment issues, managing children’s emotional and behavioral problems
Relationship Issues: problems trusting, difficulties making and keeping friends, working through challenges in relationships with family members and colleagues, boundary problems
Emotion Regulation Problems: anger management problems, mood swings
Adjustments: to divorce, moves, birth or adoption of children, career transitions, beginning and ending relationships, school transitions, health challenges, grief and loss, burnout, etc.
General Wellbeing: Establishing healthy habits, Stress management, Improving Sleep, Pain management, Finding meaning, Creating balance, Clarifying values, Improving work-life balance
Sense of Self: Identity development, Body image issues, Low self-esteem, Self-criticism, Perfectionism, Shame