"I believe the greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, heard by them, to be understood and touched by them." -Virginia Satir
As an Atlanta-based psychotherapist, I specialize in working with adults who struggle with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, attentional issues, relationship challenges, life transitions, grief, stress, insomnia, and low self esteem. I also work extensively with couples who are in distress or who are seeking to increase intimacy, connection, communication, and secure bonding in their relationship.
I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and received my Master of Social Work with a clinical practice concentration at the University of Georgia. In addition to psychotherapist, I am a practicing ceramic artist and enjoy helping my clients explore and actualize their own skills, talents and interests in living a joyful and self-fulfilled life.
Professionally I have worked as an intern at a global non-governmental refugee resettlement organization; an individual and group therapist at a community mental health clinic; a clinician and intake coordinator on an Assertive Community Treatment Team, which is a multidisciplinary team-based program that addresses severe and persistent mental illness and forensic mental health and most recently in private practice.
I immigrated to the U.S as a teenager and have studied, traveled and lived in several countries. My travels have shaped a broad and open perspective that allows me to relate to many different individuals with unique histories, experiences, values, and preferences. I am proud to have built a diverse practice in which cultural competence is prioritized.
My approach is collaborative; I work in partnership with you to address your specific goals, and my therapy is customized to fit your individual needs. Though I always focus on delivering the most clinically competent and evidence-based treatment, what I offer my clients goes beyond any specific therapeutic "technique" or "modality." Experience has taught me that by far the most important element in effective therapy is the relationship between client and therapist. This conclusion is also amply supported by research in psychology. For this reason I work hard to establish an atmosphere of trust and emotional safety during our time together.
I believe true healing and change can only take place in the context of a safe, supportive, and mutually respectful therapeutic relationship. My stance is compassionate, attentive, non-judgmental and holistic. I greatly value the unique history, perspective, and personality that each of my clients brings to the therapeutic process. My clients tell me they feel truly seen and heard, often for the first time, in our sessions.
I consider it a privilege to be invited to walk alongside my clients on their path to healing and change.