My mission as a psychotherapist is to help clients bring safe and affectionate attention to whatever needs to be heard in their lives, so they can live with greater resilience and vitality. I offer an affirming presence, an authentic connection and an invitation to a process of discovery.
I became interested in helping others in my late teens but took awhile to figure out how to put that interest into practice. Perhaps like many who move to Washington, D.C. to work in public policy, I became disenchanted by the landscape of analysis and debate and was drawn toward working with people on a more interpersonal level. Realizing that I wanted to develop my heart and not just my mind, I returned to graduate school to earn a Masters in Social Work. This has enabled me to be of service to families and children in school settings as a licensed clinical social worker for nearly twenty years.
Learning how to be helpful to others who are struggling has been a journey of introspection and growth. I have discovered that in order to be of true service to others, I need to be connected to something larger than myself. My search for this connection led me to the practice of mindfulness meditation in 1999. Since then, I have noticed that the more intentional I am about cultivating mindfulness and compassion through the practice of meditation, the more capacity I have to help others through life’s difficulties as well as face my own challenges. My work with others is also informed by the humanistic and developmental models of human behavior.
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were books written in a very foreign language…don’t search for the answers…live the questions, perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers.
~rainer maria rilke