People come to counseling in search of more enriching relationships, more engaging work, or a fuller expression of themselves. Life can be hard. Even people with the best of intentions can find themselves lost in a quagmire of unhappy relationships, depression, or self-doubt.
In my counseling practice, I focus first on creating a safe and supportive environment. Together, we take an honest and gentle inventory of your personality, values, and history. Practical life skills, which include a through and honest inventory of your environment and support systems, come next.
Usually, this work is fun and inspiring. When it gets tough, I'm there for you.
I hold an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Goddard College, VT, and studied three years of psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Transformational Arts College in Toronto, Canada. I welcome people from all walks of life into my practice, and specialize in providing support to parents and other creative people. I work with parents through all child-bearing and child-raising transitions, and am passionate about helping creatives find fulfillment and financial success.
I am grounded in the here-and-now, the practical, and adapt my approach to each client's own values and life choices. I use therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and narrative therapy, drawing from my training in psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness to help you create space for your creative self, personal accountability, and genuine human connection.
I see the good in you and I help you to see it, too.
In career coaching, my goal is to help you identify and embrace your unique skills and needs. I pursue this goal in our early work of self-exploration, as well as our mid-way work of bringing together your experience, beliefs, and talents to help you fully identify as a professional with a mission. And it carries through to later stages of career success, including salary negotiation and entrepreneurship. There's never a time when you don't need to believe in yourself. It's always easier when you have someone in your court.
I am particularly passionate about fostering the careers of artists and people with ADHD. I understand artists' need for career independence, for community, and their all-to-frequent difficulties in self-promotion.
I draw from my personal art practice and my experience as founder/director of Studio Beluga, a successful non-profit work and exhibition space, to guide you through your development as a creative professional. I provide education and support in creating your own PR strategy, inspiring audiences to support you, building and editing your portfolio, applying for residencies, MFA programs, and jobs. In addition to individual support, I offer the cost-saving option of group and dual-coaching sessions, in which you share your struggles and successes with one or more other clients. Contact me for more information.
Most people with ADHD have unique skills and energy that, when productively harnessed, are highly valuable in the professional world. People with ADHD are passionate. They are talented. They are perpetually stressed out. For these reasons, I prefer to call ADHD 'Burning Brightly Syndrome', and I work with you to find ways to foster your personal and career health while also feeling the burn of your true, and ever-changing passions. Yes, it's possible. And it's so much fun.
I support women navigating the transitions of motherhood. This focus of my coaching practice came through my own deeply challenging and transformative journey through pregnancy, childbearing, and the early years of parenting a high-needs child. I have been providing online and in-office coaching to parents since 2011.
Since that time I have learned so much. I have learned that the unspeakably beautiful transition to parenthood can be a desperately lonely time; that parents often regret their childbearing choices; that no one knows what to say to a family experiencing miscarriage; and that there are days when you truly feel that a shower would change your life. Maternal mental health is deeply important to me and became the focus of my research throughout my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Goddard College, VT.
I coach couples, individuals, and parent-child dyads in creating the bonds and boundaries that will allow their families to flourish. My approach is caring, collaborative (you are the only expert on your experience), and informed by attachment, mindfulness, and feminist psychoanalytic theory. It involves exploring culturally-ingrained ideals of parenting and identifying the actual needs of you, your family, and your child.
In 2014-2015 I worked with low-income families at the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco, providing one-on-one and group therapy to parents experiencing eviction, substance abuse, child welfare involvement, and incarceration. I am also a childbirth doula, trained to support families through birth in any trimester, including pregnancy losses of all kinds.
My experience working with parents includes providing mental health consultations to the moderators of the now defunct 2,000 member Birth Without Fear support group, an organization to which I also contributed widely-circulated blog posts about postpartum care, the reasons that some women need to share their birth stories, the benefits of having a high-needs baby (not a joke!), and recommendations for managing an oversupply of breast milk. I presented my talk on traditions of postpartum care, 'Mothering the Mother', at the inaugural Birth Without Fear conference in Arlington, TX, in October 2013 and at Goddard College, VT, in 2014.
Please get in touch if you would like to talk. The first consultation is free, and my practice is always a judgment-free zone.