Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to accept things that happen in our lives, especially when we are not able to control them. You may be hearing “just give it time”, or “it will get better” from your friends and family members. Although they are likely coming from a place of love and care, these words do not always resonate with us when we are feeling a certain way. I do not believe that time necessarily heals all wounds, but rather that we learn how to adapt and live with these wounds in a way that allows us to continue on with our lives and find new meaning and purpose. I strongly believe that things we have experienced in the past, as well as the relationships that we have with others, play a large role in our current lives and the way in which we function (and feel!). I hope to help you in making sense of some of these things and how they relate to the here-and-now so that you can begin to work on taking the necessary steps to feeling better.
My approach to therapy is very client-centered, which means that you as the client will “take the lead” as far as how our sessions will go. After all, this process is all about you! If at first you are not feeling particularly “chatty,” that is perfectly okay. I understand that it can take some time before you feel comfortable in session, and I am here to support you all the way with this adjustment. We will spend a lot of time in the beginning simply getting to know each other, as I believe that the most essential tool for your success is a strong relationship with your therapist. Basically, we should be laughing for at least some part of our weekly session together!
I have spent most of my academic and clinical career with a particular focus on grief and trauma, substance use, and family relationships. I have experience working with adults of all ages dealing with trauma, loss, depression, anxiety, family issues, and general, everyday life stressors. I have personal experiences related to the world of substance use and grief and loss, and I understand first-hand how dealing with these things can be difficult, confusing, and seemingly unending. I also know that as painful as life can be sometimes, these experiences can provide us with different opportunities for growth, even in the darkest of times. Sometimes, you just need a little support.
On a more personal note, I grew up in the very small state of Rhode Island and relocated to the very hot state of Texas in August of 2019 with my husband and our two fur-children. I have known from a very young age that I wanted to be a therapist (I grew up with one myself), and I went on to receive my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Rhode Island College, later graduating with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family (especially my puppy, Chloe), and exploring my new home state of Texas!
If you feel that we might be a good fit, feel free to give me a call at 512/201-4501, ext.222, or complete an online request form here. I look forward to hearing from you!