It takes courage to look for a therapist, and I’m so happy you’ve landed here. We all come to therapy for diverse reasons, and I and my colleagues at Nugent are here to support you. I became a therapist because I am passionate about helping people pursue wellness and healing, and I believe that we all have the capacity for change.
My approach to therapy is person-centered and attachment-informed. That means that I work with you to discover ways in which past experiences inform your life today, and I look for opportunities to help you work with your feelings in the here-and-now. Sometimes, I use elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to help you identify, and decrease your reactivity to, distressing thoughts. I use elements of non-directive play therapy and expressive arts techniques with school-age children and adolescents. When seeing minors, I provide their caregivers with meaningful, non-judgmental support.
I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Palo Alto University in 2022. Prior to my work at Nugent, I worked for the Community Health Awareness Council in Mountain View as a school-based counselor. In that role, I supported elementary-age students to increase capacity for self-awareness, emotion regulation, and appropriate expression of feelings. Currently, in addition to my work at Nugent, I provide grief therapy services at Kara in Palo Alto. There, I work with clients as they navigate the myriad ways that grief feelings interact with all aspects of life.