I am a certified narrative therapist with a background in narrative studies and cultural anthropology. I take a compassionate, unconventional approach to therapy that will:

  • Take your problems seriously, while not letting the problems take over the session 

  • Be a kind and open-minded listener, with the ability to intervene 

  • Approach you with impactful and strategic questions 

  • Focus on your strengths and solutions not "what is wrong" with you

  • Uncover your hidden beliefs and limitations tied to family, cultural, and systemic narratives.
     

In additional to my narrative training, I have personal recovery experience with addiction, depression, trauma, anxiety, divorce and family conflict. My narrative sessions go beyond simply working to change fundamental beliefs. They focus on understanding where those beliefs came from, the feelings they produce, the way that our stories shape our decisions and behavior, and  boldly shifting narratives to change our lives.  

If you are looking for an alternative to traditional psychotherapy methods, I offer narrative techniques which work to empower your sense of self, personal history, and the ways you engage the world. My goal is to help you uncover hidden narratives and realign with preferred narratives (not false narratives), that serve to give you clarity, autonomy, and restore potential for deep and transformative change.

 

"Narrative is the basis of religion, and law, and politics. It drives how we relate, make money, fall in love, and create families. For me there is no question, that narrative also has the power to shape who we are and how we experience the world as individuals." - Kate Marlena Leone

 

In working together, it is my hope that you come to a clarity about yourself, find new narratives that are true to your personal values, interests, and goals, and use those narratives to shift your life in a positive and healing direction. As someone who has gone through a narrative healing process in addiction recovery, divorce, trauma, and new motherhood, I truly believe that narrative has the power to change our lives. 

Narrative Healing in My Own Life

ABOUT ME

One of my core strengths is understanding how narrative has helped shape my own life, particularly in the areas of addiction recovery, new motherhood and identity, depression and anxiety, trauma, as well as divorce and separation. Understanding the way that narrative impacted my sense of self, choices, and ability to make changes has given me insight into how narrative methods can help others. Even more importantly I was able to deconstruct and understand how systemic and institutional narratives were holding me back from discovering my own authentic life and choices.

 

Discovering the practice of narrative therapy was exciting for me as it applied what I already knew to be true in my academic as well as my personal life: stories have the power to drive change. They are innate, ever-present, and with patience we can use them to our advantage, particularly when we understand the power dynamics that can influence our sense of self.  

Certifications and Social Advocacy Work 
  • Advanced Practice Narrative Therapy Certificate -Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy (September 2020)

  • Embodied Activism Certification Program (July 2020)

  • Certified Narrative Therapist, Casperson Training Center, Minnesota, USA (2019)

  • MacCracken Fellow, Literature, New York University

  • Ph.D. Studies in Literature and Narrative, NYU (2010)

  • American Civil Liberties Union (2005-2006)

  • Chrysalis Legal Advocacy for Women (2006-2007)

  • Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota (2006)

  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Arizona (2003)

  • B.A., English Literature, University of Arizona (2003)

  • Member of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (AAA)

  • Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)

 

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