You’re insightful, thoughtful, and generally highly attuned to those around, but you have a sense that things from the past are seeping into your relationships, work, and overall sense of well-being. You’ve been in therapy before and gained some important insights and skills, but you still feel overwhelmed and not as confident as you’d like. Right now you may even feel as though it is your emotions that are running your life, not you. You want to go deeper and get to the root of your anxiety, low self-esteem, and self doubt.
Imagine how it would feel to have greater self-compassion and understanding for your reactions, emotions, and past, so that you can take better care of yourself, do the things YOU want to do, set boundaries with others, and ultimately foster more joy and connection in your life.
My approach is collaborative, so we can work together to better understand what you didn't get in the past or aren't currently getting in order to understand what you need to grow into the person you want to be— a more confident and grounded you. Therapy can help you to fully embody your strength, and it can heal the parts of you that might at times make it hard to connect to that strength. You may have parts that are always on guard, that are angry, depressed, feel less-than, or parts that are always on the go, we can work together to heal those.
What will you notice as we do this amazing and challenging work together? While your healing will be your own, I believe you will feel a powerful and radical self-love that will give you the things you always knew you needed and deserved.
Reconnecting to your strength
What's your approach?
I have been told that I have a warm, playful, and empathetic presence as a therapist. I welcome humor, big emotions, tears, and f-bombs. I believe the most important factor in whether or not therapy works is the relationship between the client and therapist, so we can work together to create a space that feels helpful to you. I always welcome feedback about what is and isn't working, and this can often lead to important insights. I use a combination of therapeutic modalities, namely attachment theory, psychodynamic theory, brainspotting, and internal family systems. I have training in trauma treatments, and I like to sprinkle in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which can include grounding exercises, emotion regulation skills, and mindfulness. At times, I have been also known to use games and art if the client (you) is interested. My goal is always for you to learn more about yourself and access a greater degree of self-compassion as we work with whatever questions or struggles you wish or need to explore.
What's Internal Family Systems or IFS?
I'm so glad you asked! IFS helps us to look at the "parts" of you. Everyone has lots of different parts that come up every day. Angry parts, scared parts, critical parts, procrastinator parts, people-pleasing parts, funny parts, and tired parts are a few common examples. Together we can explore how these parts got to be the way they are and why they do what they do. The reason why these parts do what they do is often not what we initially thought! IFS comes with the understanding that all parts have good intentions. By developing a relationship with different parts, we can offer compassion and curiosity and help these parts to heal. There's a little more to it than that, but that's the Spark Notes version. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about IFS therapy.
How much is a therapy session?
I accept all major credit cards and HSA/FSA cards.
How long is a therapy session?
Do you take insurance?
I do not. However, I will provide a "superbill." This means that you will pay for the cost of the session upfront and then can use the superbill or paid invoice that I can provide to seek reimbursement from your insurance company. This does depend a lot on your specific plan with your insurance company (specifically pay attention to the out-of-network benefits section of your plan). You can call your insurance company to discuss more about how this would look. Specfically, you can ask about your deductible, co-insurance, and how long it may take to receive reimbursement.
What is your policy around cancellations and missed appointments?
If in our initial phone consultation you feel that I would be a good fit for you and that you'd like to work together, we will find a time that works with both of our schedules. I will hold that spot for you each week unless I am out of the office. Generally we will be meeting weekly, although of course sometimes you may miss or have to reschedule due to vacations, illnesses, or other obligations. However, I ask that you think of this as a weekly commitment. If sessions are cancelled less than 24 hours in advance I will charge the full session fee, although everyone gets one "freebie" a year, meaning I will not charge for that late cancel.
Do you do in-person or telehealth?
For right now, I am doing telehealth. Prior to our appointment I will send you a HIPAA secure link for you to access our video session. I am licensed in Virginia, Washington DC, and Massachusetts meaning I can see you if you are located anywhere in the Capital or anywhere in VA or MA, whether that is Boston, the Cape, the Berkshires, NOVA, Richmond, Charlottesville, or anywhere in between.
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I am located in Alexandria, VA, but I am able to see anyone located anywhere in Virginia, Washington DC, or Massachusetts for teletherapy