“I'm truly excited to return to the practice part of my career and help individuals grow in their own unique way.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since I was an adolescent, I've always had a strong inner passion for helping others. However, I was not sure how to pursue this passion until I declared psychology as my undergrad major. I then attended graduate school to pursue a master's degree specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. Although I wanted to help others improve their mental wellbeing, it was important to me that my approach was grounded in science. During my early years of practice, I spent much time working in inpatient psychiatric hospitals and community outpatient clinics. Later, I returned to graduate school to pursue my doctorate in counseling psychology. I'm currently a professor teaching graduate students how to someday be competent therapists. I'm truly excited to return to the practice part of my career and help individuals grow in their own unique way.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is to not only reduce the distress from your presenting problems but also improve your overall wellbeing and help you experience personal growth. The outcomes of good counseling are maintained over time and generalize to many facets of life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm excited to see that there is now less stigma associated with individuals struggling with mental health distress. I'm also glad to see that clients are becoming more sophisticated in understanding their options for therapy, while also being good advocates for their personal needs.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I'm the author of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Theory into Practice. I was inspired to write this book to provide a more pragmatic approach to learning CBT for therapists and psychologists-in-training. This is similar to what I do with my graduate students and it corresponds with my approach to therapy by being supportive, practical, and flexible to each of my client's needs.
“My goal is to not only reduce the distress from your presenting problems but also improve your overall wellbeing and help you experience personal growth.”