The first session start with checking in to see how you are doing. This might be your first every therapy appointment or you are returning. I want to make sure you are comfortable and answer any questions you may have. Like any relationship, the first session is really an opportunity for you to get to know me as a therapist and I get to know you as a client. This organic conversation will lead us to a collaborative understanding of how I can provide service to your needs. Through collaboration, we both will develop a plan with goals and interventions to ensure it addresses your needs and concerns.
Race & Cultural Identity
Challenges around race and cultural identity vary enormously, including issues related to discrimination, racism, and intergenerational trauma.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Gender identity & transgender health
Transgender or gender non-confirming people experience the same mental health issues as anyone else. For some, however, social stigma, discrimination, oppression and the effort of understanding one’s authentic self can lead to anxiety or depression.
Substance abuse is the intentional misuse of a substances (e.g., alcohol, prescription drugs, OTC medications, recreational and street drugs, household chemicals). This may include binge drinking or taking twice the prescribed dose of painkillers. For substances considered illegal and/or extremely detrimental to well-being, using even once may be considered substance abuse. Because of the addiction potential for many substances, abuse oftentimes leads to addiction.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Condition causing people to worry excessively about appearance or even imagine flaws. Generally distressing to the point of impacting ability to perform everyday activities. Can be experienced by people of any age, gender, or sex.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
MA, LICSW, 117094
MBA, Fitchburg State University
MSW, Simmons College
BA, University of California, Berkeley
I have developed valuable knowledge and experience in mental health, substance use disorder, and co-occurring diagnosis using many different modalities and working in a variety of settings throughout my career, including inpatient, residential, and outpatient.
PO Box 9691, Lowell, 01853, MA