As a psychologist, my goal is to provide you not only with insight and support, but with tools and skills you can use to feel better and move forward.
I strive to take a practical approach with my clients, and often draw from a variety of science-backed therapies and techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, self-compassion, positive psychology, and mindfulness. If all that jargon sounds like nonsense to you, don’t worry – I love working with therapy newbies, too, and will make sure it all makes sense as we go. Anxiety, stress management, life transitions, and depression are the bread and butter of my daily work.
Women of color and/or queer women in their 20s through 40s, often in STEM and business, make up most of my caseload. Many are the first in their families to go to universities or are first- or second-generation immigrants. I have a special interest in working with multiracial and multicultural individuals. I welcome professional women of all identities and backgrounds to get in touch.
I’ve been providing therapy since 2006, but my career has taken a lot of twists and turns before bringing me to Stella Nova. I’ve worked in colleges and universities, community mental health clinics, VA hospitals and rape-crisis centers. (I also had a brief stint teaching third grade, a summer selling Cutco knives, and a year during grad school where I worked as a fairy performing at children’s birthday parties. True story!)
Prior to launching a private practice in early 2017, I spent three years in the tech industry working to develop and deliver mobile interventions for common mental health issues. I bring my experience working at a local start-up – including all its joys and its challenges – to inform my work with women in business and tech.
I’ve proudly called myself a feminist since I bought my first sparkly “Girl Power” t-shirt in middle school (hey, it was the 90s), and delivered a scathing, hour-long rebuttal to Christina Hoff Sommers’ latest nonsense in my high school politics class. Thankfully, my understanding of what being a feminist means has grown significantly over the years.
We’re living in a challenging and exciting time to be a woman, and it’s a personal mission for me to support other women – including women of color, immigrant women, and LGBTQ+ women – to live powerful, fulfilled lives. Stella Nova is an extension of that mission, the marriage of my passion for women supporting women and my professional work as a therapist. I’m so proud and delighted to be here with you.