The essence of my work is to help people move toward personal freedom and attain deep internal transformation. We are often trapped by repeating patterns, self-destructive behaviors, and low self-esteem. Together we will work to understand more about your thoughts, behaviors, feelings, and motivations, which will enable you to have more choice in your reactions. The therapy process allows you to realize your potential for happiness, growth, intimacy, success, and creativity.
I received my training at Christian Theological Seminary, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling. My training focused on psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches to working with individuals, couples, and groups. My theoretical perspectives come from intersubjective psychoanalytic theory (emphasizes that we are inherently social and inter-dependent), attachment theory (the dynamics of long-term relationships), and object relations theory (that our personalities develop around early relationships). I received my Bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University in theatre arts. I believe my work and experience in the arts has been invaluable in helping to deepen the understanding and support I can provide to my patients.
In our patient/therapist relationship, I value:
I work from psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy perspectives. These perspectives believe that many of our actions, thoughts and feelings are motivated by pieces of ourselves outside of our awareness (the unconscious). We will work together to bring these pieces into your awareness. An important part of these theories is that who we are (our personalities) are patterned largely on significant childhood relationships. I find it helpful to learn about these relationships as they can teach us a great deal about who we are as adults. The relationship between the two of us as therapist/patient is also highly valued in my work. It is of the utmost importance that you feel safe and free to say whatever is on your mind without fear of judgment.
The type of work I do is particularly effective for those who have chronic emotional distress and have explored other avenues, such as short-term therapy and medication, but have not found lasting change. My job as a therapist is to learn about you as a person with a unique emotional organization living in a very difficult world, identify how you have learned to adapt to this world, and then help you understand the system you have built to cope. This self-understanding is where freedom is found. I believe we are capable and deserving of more in life than just coping. The therapeutic process can lead you from coping to freedom. I am specifically interested in the relationships in your life - romantic, professional, and personal - in which patterns emerge and repeat, as well as how you see yourself. I work well with individuals who struggle with low self-esteem.
I have extensive experience working with individuals in the LGBT community. I have particular expertise working with transgender and gender non-conforming children and adolescents, as well as their families.
Phone number – 812-236-6050
Per Indiana law, I am an intern gathering my requirements to apply for license as a Mental Health Counselor in 2015. I have completed all training and am now accumulating my supervised, post-graduate clinical hours.