For me, becoming a therapist is the fruit of a lifelong pursuit of personal and spiritual growth.  In early adulthood I had the privilege of traveling, living and working in many different countries and amidst many different cultures and world views.  It is universal to the human experience that we will all face challenges and struggles at different stages of life.  Every struggle is an opportunity and an invitation to look within and find the truest expression of our authentic selves.  As a therapist, I believe it is my role to help my clients see and connect with their true nature and to live the most authentic version of themselves.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

This line from Mary Oliver’s famous poem sums up what therapy means to me.  Life brings us challenges and often difficult choices that we must make at different stages of life.  The therapeutic relationship offers us a container and a companion to help guide us on this wild human journey!

As an Intern Therapist here at Golden Willow, I have had the privilege and joy to work with clients across the lifespan, from young children to elders nearing the end of their lives.  Taking a person-centered approach to therapy, I make every effort to offer my presence and empathic listening to every client.  My aim is to help each person see their strengths and tap into their abundant inner resources on the healing journey.  There is no formulaic, one-size-fits-all therapeutic approach that works for everyone.  I collaborate with each client in determining what approach will work best for each unique individual.

Healthy relationships, creativity, mindfulness and the healing power of nature form the core of my philosophical approach to healing and wholeness.  What we are often seeking is less an absence of problems and more the presence of balance in heart, mind, body and spirit.  When we feel balanced, problems are not so overwhelming and we can see them as opportunities for growth.

I look forward to meeting you wherever you are on the journey.

Resources for drug use and COVID-19 risk reduction

The link below contains guidance documents, government advisories, and tools for people who use drugs and stakeholders likely to engage with people who use drugs, including: Syringe services programs and other harm reduction service providers Medications for opioid use disorder treatment providers, including emergency departments, clinicians, including opioid treatment programs Homeless service providers, including outreach, shelter, and housing Peer navigators, recovery coaches, and community health workers Criminal justice professionals, including corrections, law enforcement, court personnel, community supervision personnel, and defenders.