Therapy can be an important tool when working on change. Counseling can provide a private place, away from the hurriedness of daily life, to open the door of curiosity and help imagine a life different than what it is right now. We can make changes in therapy, then take these things we learn about ourselves and try them on, take them back out into the world, see if they do indeed ease our pain, strengthen our relationships, and make us feel more connected to ourselves and our lives. As a therapist, I see myself as a guide of sorts. I carry a combination of schooling, professional expertise, and personal experience. I model compassionate curiosity about emotions and changes sought. Sometimes guidance can be about resources and education, but mostly guidance is about listening. I see the therapy office as a sanctuary--a place to work on healing. My therapy practices focuses on individuals, couples and teens, and family therapy if needed.