“It’s important for my clients to know that I’m interested in learning about them as people and not just interested in their problems.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I found myself naturally identifying with being an empath, a listener, and a helper. Who I wanted to become as a professional was greatly influenced by who I was as a person. I always wanted to be in a helping profession, and more specifically, help others improve their lives in significant ways. I became a therapist to do just that! It's extremely rewarding for me to help others transform their lives. Experiencing adverse situations in life and knowing what it’s like to sit in the client’s seat were also parts of my path to becoming a therapist. These experiences have helped me to better understand and empathize with my clients and their worlds. I believe everyone can benefit from working with a therapist and it was always important to me to be in a profession that I truly believed in.
What should someone know about working with you?
When first getting to know one another, we’ll talk about what you hope to accomplish as well as any reservations you may have or be experiencing. We’ll spend time talking about what’s led you here and identify some tentative goals. We might discuss certain questions, such as, “How will you know therapy is working?” “How will you know when things are better or know that you’ve made progress?” These areas we’ll initially explore and revisit throughout our work together in order to make sure that we continue to travel in the right direction. Our work can be flexible and open or it can be structured and directive. I’m able to effectively adapt and tailor my skills and approach based on individual client needs. It’s important for my clients to know that I’m interested in learning about them as people and not just interested in their problems. Let’s talk about your strengths and what you’re doing well!
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Dependability, commitment, honesty, humor, and compassion are values that define who I am personally and professionally. My hope is that these values are reflected within the work that I do with my clients and the ways in which I maintain my practice. I consider these values to be standards that help guide and influence the atmosphere and space created in the therapeutic relationship.
“Dependability, commitment, honesty, humor, and compassion are values that define who I am personally and professionally.”