“...therapy provides a space for us to intimately get to know ourselves.”
Many of us can relate to the difficulties of managing each aspect of our unique lives, and the feelings of stress, helplessness, loneliness, and fear that come with change. We may utilize our friends, families, partners, and other relationships as a primary resource when we are navigating the unknown, or when we need someone to listen to us or give advice. Our relationships are a necessary part of our lives, and too often, we neglect our relationships with ourselves. I believe therapy provides a space for us to intimately get to know ourselves. Knowing who we allow us to work towards accepting who we are and living with authenticity as our favorite selves.
I have worked in healthcare for nearly 10 years, and this field has allowed me to recognize that I truly love working to help people achieve wellness and health. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Saint Martin's University with a minor in Psychology prior to receiving my Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of Kentucky. My experience working in healthcare has allowed me to learn about the ways physical health and mental health impact one another, and I bring this belief to my practice by utilizing somatic therapy with clients. I also work to maintain cultural humility in my work as a therapist, recognizing that my own experience is not reflective of that of every client I see. Ultimately, I hope to support and empower each of my clients to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.
"Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply." -Stephen Covey
I have worked with people with terminal and chronic illnesses for nearly 10 years, working with clients in every stage of their illness. A common feeling that is shared by clients who have chronic or terminal diagnoses is loneliness and feeling misunderstood by those who do not have similar medical conditions. As a therapist, my hope in working with you is to allow you space to work through the emotions that come with a serious medical diagnosis and to work with you to identify ways to regain control of your sense of self, because I recognize that you are NOT your diagnosis.
In family or couples' settings, we can work together to help your loved ones understand how to best support you through your illness, and help each individual feel they have a place to safely share how they are coping with the changes that come with a serious medical diagnosis. We can address caregiver fatigue, how to keep communication lines open, and most importantly, how to focus on the relationships instead of your medical condition.
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