Welcome. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSWA) who provides psychotherapy services to adult individuals and groups in the Triangle area. I hold a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to beginning my private practice, I provided mental health services to refugees who were recently resettled in the Triangle, trained and practiced at UNC’s Department of Psychology Community Clinic, and worked with patients with eating disorders at the residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient level.
I have a long-held meditation practice and have a special interest in Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal meditation practice. I often integrate mindfulness and somatic-based interventions in sessions with clients. I also facilitate mindfulness and yoga classes and retreats.
I approach my work with humility as a white, queer, cis woman who is committed to creating a more just and liberated environment for all beings.
I offer psychotherapy for adults experiencing a variety of stressors, mental health challenges, and those seeking life enhancement. I work with people to improve mood, lower distress, understand and process emotions, repair relationships with food and their bodies, heal from trauma, strengthen relationships, find direction, and build vitality.
Some people come to therapy with a set of discrete problems they hope to resolve. Others may seek it out as a step on the path of self-exploration and even liberation. Regardless of your starting point, we’ll move forward together with your needs in mind.
Because no two relationships are the same, my approach is tailored to each client. Together, we’ll develop a working relationship and define your goals for therapy. My therapeutic orientation is transtheoretical and integrative, meaning that I pull from a number of theories and traditions to serve the whole person in front of me. In sessions, I draw from what I’ve learned as a yoga and mindfulness teacher alongside extensive training in evidence-based therapies for anxiety, depression, trauma, and eating disorders.
My style is warm, perceptive, and flexible. I listen deeply and consider the relationship between therapist and client to be one of the most important elements for growth. Clients tell me that I am transparent, attuned, and approachable. We’ll start together by identifying and amplifying your individual strengths. From there, we’ll start to explore what might be getting in the way of your ability to thrive. In sessions, I’ll invite you to connect with thoughts, emotions, and your body at the same time.We may practice concrete skills to lower your distress and incorporate more relational work to shed light on patterns that can create or exacerbate suffering.
I find that the combination of building skills and increasing awareness of – and compassion for – how one’s past shows up in the present is empowering for most clients. It also allows the benefits of therapy to take root beyond our time together. I may also take a more direct and challenging approach that invites you to try new ways of thinking, acting, and feeling while we’re in session together.
At its core, therapy involves a willingness to look inward to find freedom alongside another person who is there to witness and guide as needed. It is my true honor to co-create a space where a client feels open enough to touch both pain and joy in therapy. Transformation happens when people can access and fortify the parts of themselves that are innately primed for healing. Together, we can help you flourish.
I consider a secure, respectful, and trusting relationship between client and therapist a key ingredient for the bravery needed to heal and transform. Foremost, I work from an experiential (what’s happening for you right now) and relational (what’s happening between us) perspective. I have studied and trained in the following models:
- Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) – Certified Level 1
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Individuals and Couples (EFT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Note: If you have questions about any of these modalities, I am happy to talk to you about them in more depth.
My areas of clinical interest and experience include but are not limited to:
- Difficulty with intimate relationships
- Eating disorders (bulimia, binge eating, emotional eating) and body image concerns
- Family issues (difficulty connecting with family, growing a family, infertility, new parenthood)
- Issues related to emerging adulthood (ages 18-30)
- History of trauma (discrete events, PTSD, complex PTSD, early childhood trauma, immigration and resettlement)
- Emotional awareness and regulation
- Life transitions and adjustment challenges
- Identity exploration (gender, sexuality, sense of self, race, etc.)
- Career and education exploration
- Personal growth
- Needs specific to the LGBTQQIA+ community
I practice under the supervision of Tyler Beach, MSW, LCSW.
It is my privilege to be a part of Whole Being Therapy. As a collective, we share values around serving the LGBTQ+ community and providing accessible services. My approach is HAES-aligned (Health At Every Size), sex-positive, harm reduction, and queer- and trans-affirming.
I recognize the dialectic that it is not the role of the client to educate a clinician about your culture, nor should a therapist make assumptions about your experiences. I also consider the effects of trauma from specific events, early life experiences, intergenerational trauma, and systemic oppression with clients.
I have experience working with people of all sexual orientations, all gender identities and expressions, people of color, immigrants and refugees, people who practice monogamy and non-monogamy, people from varying class backgrounds, and people with different physical abilities. I especially take joy in serving the needs of LGBTQ+ people and their allies.
** I see clients in my office in Durham (Lakewood neighborhood) and via telehealth using secure Zoom. **
I see clients Tuesday through Friday during daytime business hours.
I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we may be a good fit prior to our first session. Please email me at email@example.com to arrange a time to talk or call me at 919-407-3459.
I offer 60, 75, and 90-minute sessions depending on your goals and needs.
The initial session is typically 90 minutes. This session is considered a consultation in order to understand your current concerns and how I might best be able to help you.
Longer or shorter sessions can be arranged and prorated at the hourly fee. Payment is expected at the time of service rendered unless other arrangements have been made. I accept cash, check, Venmo, and credit cards. I request 48 hours notice for rescheduling or cancelling appointments. Failure to provide such notice results in a charge of the appointment fee.
Sliding scale: I reserve one quarter to one half of my caseload for sliding scale clients. We will determine an appropriate rate together. If my sliding scale spots are full, I can provide you with a list of clinicians who may offer affordable care. As of 1/2023 my sliding scale spots are full.
Insurance: I am out-of-network with all insurance providers. However, I can provide a superbill to submit to insurance for partial reimbursement for my services. Prior to our first session, I recommend that you call to verify the percentage of reimbursement, whether prior approval is needed, and whether you have a deductible that must be met before any reimbursement occurs. Contact me with questions! I am happy to help navigate the process.
Classes, Groups, & Events
As a mindfulness & yoga teacher, I periodically offer multi-week courses and one-off retreats. I am certified to teach Koru Mindfulness, a four-week evidence-based mindfulness curriculum for emerging adults.
In the past, I have facilitated therapeutic support groups for people in recovery from eating disorders and people who are living with chronic pain or chronic illness.
It takes courage to reach out, especially when things feel like they may never change. With this step, you’re already lighting your way forward.
I do my best to respond to initial contact via phone or email within 2 business days.
You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 919-407-3459.
I offer a free 10-15-minute phone consultation to those who’d like to see if we’re a good match before our first appointment. If I am full or not the right therapist for you, I’m happy to connect you with other providers in the area who may be a better fit.
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