Does your life inspire you or are you just going through the motions?
I help people who are afraid they’re not living up to their potential figure out what ignites them and start building a life they’re excited to live.
You’ve got this.
“So why do I need a coach?”
Because it’s hard! I wish I could tell you there was a self-help book to cure us all. But achieving real, lasting change to perform at a high level takes time and individual attention. If this work were simple, you’d have done it already! We can’t tackle every problem in our lives alone. (Trust me, I’ve tried, and you’re welcome to try, too.) But making a major life change is a BIG project. It takes consistency, accountability, objectivity, empathy, understanding, patience, and unwavering assurance. These can be impossible to provide for ourselves. I guide clients through this process by staying focused on the big picture of what you’re trying to achieve, while collecting as much detailed data as possible. I help you identify your patterns, make sense of confusing, scattered thoughts, and ask critical, thought-provoking questions to spur insight. And I keep you energized and supported through the challenging aspects of growth.
“Are you the right coach for me?”
Let’s find out! We can start with a short, no-pressure consultation over the phone to see if it’s a fit. The advice I always give people about choosing a coach or therapist is to focus on how that person makes you feel, because that will determine how successful the relationship, and therefore, the work, will be. Find someone that makes you feel comfortable being vulnerable, someone you trust to have your best interest at heart, and someone you feel understands and is capable of meeting your needs. Every client and every coach are different. Take your time to find the right one to invest in yourself with.
The reason I do this work is because I’ve been there. I’ve dedicated my life to learning how to overcome depression and anxiety through deep, personal exploration and growth. Before doing this work, I didn’t think happiness was possible for me. I struggled with low self-worth at best and self-loathing at worst. I was convinced that I was one of the ones that was broken and could never be fixed. Now, despite the uncertainties and ups and downs of life, I remain confident that I am whole. My career is impactful, creatively fulfilling and fun. My relationships are intimate, joyful and expanding. And I am in control of the direction my life takes.
I bring my personal and clinical experience, my energy, enthusiasm, nurturing, patience and insight into every session. My clients can feel how deeply I care and how committed I am to them. And this shared connection allows us to get to the bottom of what’s going on.
I am a trained counselor for the Suicide Prevention Center in Los Angeles, with an MPS in Art Therapy and years of clinical experience leading individual and group therapy in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Although my background is rooted in psychotherapy, as a coach, I use a more uniquely tailored approach to challenge my clients to meet their goals. It is all about getting you into action on what you want to achieve.
You really can be that person you secretly dream of being.
It just takes a step in the right direction and a commitment to yourself. Let’s get started.
I am an artist, a caretaker and a goofball. I am relentlessly real, unfiltered and bullsh*t-free.
I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety since age 13. For as long as I could remember, the name of the game was staying afloat and making everyone think I was okay. I had no clue what I really wanted, and it didn’t seem to matter because I didn’t believe happiness was possible for me.
After graduating from Duke University in 2012, with a BA in Visual and Media Studies and an Rx for Prozac, I moved to New York City, where I got a job in independent film, because people told me I should. After three years, depression and anxiety humming along in the background, I had a major breakthrough in realizing that I wanted to help people on a deeper level. So I went for a masters in art therapy from the School of Visual Arts. After two years of intense coursework, self-discovery and fieldwork, I immediately started my first art therapy job at a large nursing home. I was totally drained by the day-to-day and rarely got to experience the depth and clinical progress I so craved. But hey, I had a job, I was making money and I was working toward getting licensed. Besides, what on Earth do I have to complain about? My life is just fine.
BUT IT WASN'T. I was miserable. I was having consistent, worsening depressive episodes that left me not wondering if I would end my life, but when and how. I was constantly on the verge of tears, distancing myself from friends and using distractions and substances to drown out constant dread. I didn’t know how I would get through the next day…let alone the next YEAR until I had enough hours for licensure. And did I even want to stay in New York? It was too overwhelming to contemplate these bigger questions while gasping for air. It took months of this before convincing myself to prioritize my mental health. I felt so guilty about putting myself first when my clients needed so much help. But if I couldn’t keep myself alive and well, I certainly couldn’t help anyone else.
I wasn’t listening to that inner voice, begging me to stop and make a change. Listening to that voice meant that I had to grapple with underlying, unconscious convictions that I was too broken to be fixed and I didn’t deserve happiness anyway. It was the most difficult decision of my life, but I quit that job, parting with my identity as someone who “succeeds” at all costs, and moved across the country to pursue a mentally and physically healthier lifestyle in Los Angeles.
Taking this chance on myself and investing in my wellbeing sent a profound message to those unconscious doubts and fears: there is a better way, and I deserve to pursue it. Not only did these changes have a major impact on my mental health, but the better I felt, the more energy I had to help others. And I could trust my inner voice to guide me, rather than avoiding it or fearing what it had to say. Since then, I’ve started helping my fellow career-oriented overachievers listen to their inner voices, take chances on themselves, prioritize their mental health and build happier lives. My clients have quit toxic jobs, gotten new jobs that pay them what they’re worth, moved to new cities and stood up for their needs in relationships. It’s been an amazing ride.
I can’t wait to help you get where you want to go. Learn more about how or schedule your FREE Get into Action Strategy Session to get started