You’re here because you’re in deep pain. Maybe you’re stressed-out, overwhelmed, lonely, or hating yourself. You find youself deeply troubled by past events or current conflicts. This is causing you symptoms of anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem.
I can help.
No matter how painful or traumatic your history is, you can change and grow. I have a deep capacity to hear your story and help alleviate your suffering. I offer a calm, compassionate, and engaged presence.
We will work together to reduce your current pain while also delving deep to address longstanding problems. Therapy helps you face your inner demons so you can gain freedom from your past and learn to love who you are.
Who I am
Long before I officially became a psychotherapist I was a caregiver and “therapist” to many others in my life. Helping people comes naturally to me. I’ve also experienced many of my own struggles which helped me to develop compassion for others’ suffering.
I’m a first generation immigrant to the United States, from Eastern Europe, and the oldest of 5 kids. We experienced a very difficult childhood. In my life I’ve been through poverty and many significant adversities. I’ve also experienced marriage, divorce, remarriage, and parenthood. I’ve come to see value in both painful and joyful life events. It is these experiences that have helped me grow.
Through my personal and professional life experiences I’ve developed a great appreciation for the complexity of human nature. As a result of my own transformative personal therapy, as well as education, training, and consultation, I have a strong belief in the life-changing power of psychotherapy. There are no quick fixes but if we are willing to take on the brave work of looking inward we are rewarded with deep personal growth.
Who I help
I work with men and women who’ve had toxic parents, significant adversities, or past traumas. I help clients who’ve been through some really tough shit yet have somehow made it through. The human spirit is resilient and we are wired for growth. I work best with clients who recognize that change takes time, are willing to commit to the process of therapy, and want to understand themselves deeply.
I value this work. I both take it seriously and want to make it fun. There’s a good change we’ll both laugh and cry together. And I always want to hear when you’re upset or dissatisfied with how things are going. Therapy is a relationship and as such there will be painful moments, joyful moments, and shared moments of discovery.
Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation which is not nurturing… Maya Angelou
How I approach therapy
My goal in therapy is twofold: help you reduce your current pain and address deeply rooted problems. Many people enter therapy because of symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. Additionally, many clients struggle with substance use, overwork, perfectionism, and unhealthy relationships. In my therapeutic philosophy, all these symptoms and behaviors are seen as important information and as serving a purpose. So in therapy, we will go on a journey together to figure why you do the things you do and why you feel the way you feel.
This journey will help you reduce pain and symptoms and help you develop freedom to make different choices in your life. It is by truly knowing ourselves, tolerating our emotions, and accessing our needs, that we can develop the capacity to live a freer and happier life.
In therapy sessions, I strive to be emotionally engaged and often use my intuition to guide questions and exploration. I listen deeply to your story and help you see patterns you may not have been aware of. I value the therapeutic relationship and strive to connect with you and deeply understand your unique situation so we can work together effectively. Finally, in my experience, real, transformative change takes time and I encourage clients to commit to the therapeutic process of self-exploration.
Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us. David Richo
What you can expect from our sessions
My approach is to invite clients to begin weekly sessions with topics and/or events they wish to explore. It can be helpful for you to consider what your “point of urgency” is and bring that to our sessions. My goal is to help you process your experiences both emotionally and intellectually. It’s important to genuinely feel your feelings; it’s also valuable to gain insight about behaviors, patterns, and beliefs in your life. Working through your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors allows you to gain clarity and make sense of your experience. It is from this place of clarity that clients find they are able to develop and implement appropriate solutions.
In my work with clients we focus on both current factors (what is happening in your life in the present) and historical factors (your childhood and past relationships). Together, we will seek to make sense of your experiences and help you understand yourself on a deeper level. Through the work of therapy you can transform your relationship with yourself, and with others.
I always welcome (and encourage!) your questions, feedback, and wants/needs for our time together. If you find yourself experiencing discomfort or strong feelings as a result of our work together I invite you to bring those reactions into our sessions so we can work through them together.
I earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology from St. Edwards University. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate in the State of Texas (License #202470) . I’m also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I’m actively involved in the Austin therapeutic community, hold a position with Austin AMFT, and occasionally contribute to the Therapy Matters blog.
I have completed extensive education and training in a way of working known as dynamic experiential. My approach integrates psychodynamic theory, which gives us important information about your internal conflicts and object relations, with newer, interpersonal neurobiology approaches which seek to give clients healing and transformative new experiences in session. I completed a 2-year post-graduate integrative psychotherapy program through the Middelberg Institute in Austin as well additional training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), as well as attachment-based and family systems theories. In my work with clients I approach therapy from a secular (non-religious) perspective while respecting all views, beliefs, and identities.
How to get started
When you’re ready to get started with therapy please call 512-270-9002 or email me. We will connect for a brief consultation and scheduling phone call. If you have questions or need additional information please feel free to view my FAQ page and fees and policies.
I look forward to hearing from you!