Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
Much of my 'education' was beyond school. On a personal level, I have both experienced and watched loved ones go through tumultuous periods. This is where I've learned the most. This is where I can say with confidence that there are ways to move through it. You are not alone.
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I absolutely love working with and learning from my clients; I'm so grateful that they let me into their lives. The therapeutic relationship is vital; an honest, safe space for awareness and healing. Our shared humanity allows us to connect and though our stories are unique to us, we do all have a story. You're not alone.
My own story, struggles and experiences, inform my practice as much as any structured education, book knowledge, and professional practice and experiences I've had. But the combination of my personal struggles and experiences along with a curiosity that drove me to study and learn (completing a Master's Degree from the University of Chicago in addition to various advanced trainings), enhances my ability to connect and affords me the opportunity to relate to and help others who are struggling.
I've enjoyed working in a variety of settings, from schools and courts to community organizations and my private practice; I've had occasion to learn and practice multiple therapeutic approaches, and work with a diverse clientele with many different presenting difficulties. I draw from this breadth of experience, to tailor approaches and strategies for each individual client. Different benefits from different approaches spur me to maintain an eclectic style and orientation towards therapy.
Please note: Some strategies may work better with fidelity to a specific process, in which case, we'll tend to follow the evidence.