So, who am I?
Let's get the boring stuff out of the way first:
I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Connecticut. I have
treated individuals, couples, and families with a wide range of need. With all this exposure to demonstrations of human pain, I began to form my thoughts around the impact of shame on the human psyche. This theory, of course, did not just come from my own mind but from the minds of countless friends, family, and clients who have helped me distill all of our collective ideas down into a useful form. My work is strongly influenced by research that has been conducted on the impact of trauma on the human body, therapy modalities such as Internal Family Systems theory, spiritual practices that I have observed or participated in, and personality typing systems such as the Enneagram. If you'd like to learn more about my theory on shame and how it impacts my therapy work check out my blog!
"Ya, ya, ya, but who ARE you?"
Let's see, how should I describe myself? I would say that I am a pretty even mix of:
1. Can we PLEASE geek out for eight hours discussing our observations of the wildly fascinating aspects of what it means to be human?!
2. Can we PLEASE go dance and sing and play like we are 8 years old again and forget about all this heavy stuff?!
3. Can we PLEASE talk about what's going on in your life, all the good, the bad, and the ugly that makes you so freaking amazing to me?!
So ya, I am a brainy, silly, sentimental conglomeration of pure amazingness and I'm not aSHAMED to say it (see what I did there?).
"You seem so...normal, is that how therapy with you will feel?"
Yes! At least, I think so! One of the things that is essential about living a shameless life is learning to be radically yourself. The "me" that comes out when I am no longer shielded, hiding, or pretending. So how can I expect YOU to do that if I am not doing it as well? When we meet you will be meeting Amy. Not the mask of her. You will be meeting the "me" that has learned that all the masks I was putting on, were not actually necessary. The "me" that realizes that people are actually drawn in rather than repulsed when we show up as our authentic self.
That being said, I will still be your therapist. Meaning my ROLE in your life will be to push you. I am here to help you dig deeper and expand your understanding of yourself and your relationships, We will get to work, in other words. So be ready to dive in!