With some life experience under your belt, you already have some good ideas about what's been working for you and what hasn't. Perhaps relationships have been more stressful than it feels like they should be. Perhaps anxiety or depression seem to steal your energy, and stop you from doing what you truly want to do. Maybe you've made good traction in your career, but are looking for a shift or change, or want to try something completely new. My approach with clients is collaborative and detail-oriented. I take the time to truly understand who you are: your strengths, needs and values, so I can make sure that my counseling is uniquely tailored to you.
What I bring to the table: my own experiences/challenges with relationships and dating, as well as (gratefully) my current relationship with my husband and kids; my own career evolution that led me from an MFA in Creative Writing in San Francisco, to being a therapist in Nashville. My own struggles with self-esteem and not recognizing my value, as well as bouts of anxiety and insomnia, and reaching out for help.
I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-MHSP #4887) in Tennessee. I have an MS in Counseling from San Francisco State University, an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a BA in English from Vassar College.
I am trained in a model called "Healing Our Core Issues" Level 1, and will be obtaining full certification in this model by the end of 2022. Through this model, we look back at our family of origin and how we learned to adapt in early relationships. Then we look at how these early adaptations may or may not be working for us as we operate in our lives today. For example, did you grow up connecting your sense of self-worth to being perfect in some area? This may be showing up as perfectionism today. Or, perhaps you learned to suppress your own needs for the needs of the family or other family members? And now you find yourself showing up in relationships with a sense of resentment at times, and come to realize that you have neglected parts of your own life.
This model can be a deep-dive into your past, utilizing strategies of mindfulness, somatic experiencing, as well as incorporating decades of psychological research and expertise, but the end goal is to help you feel more fulfilled, at ease, and connected in your present-day life. This model gets to the roots of anxiety, depression, low-self worth, and unsatisfying relationship patterns, while also helping you develop core practices to integrate into your daily life.
For more information about the "Healing our Core Issues" model and the work of Jan Bergstrom, M.Ed, LMHC, SEP, and Dr. Rick Butts, LPCC-S, SEP, you can visit the website here: