“The therapeutic relationship is a relationship that’s different from any other—it’s free of judgment and full of curiosity, consideration, and compassion.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a deep curiosity about people and a desire to understand them. Therapists, as I understood them as a child, were talking doctors. I became fascinated with talking as a means for healing—it seemed like a dream to be able to help other people simply by sitting with them and talking about their external and internal worlds. Now, as a therapist, I understand that my job is to help people develop an emotional language that allows them to put words to their feelings and experiences.
What should someone know about working with you?
The therapeutic relationship is a relationship that’s different from any other—it’s free of judgment and full of curiosity, consideration, and compassion. Whether you’re looking to make changes or work through existing challenges, you don’t have to do it alone. My primary goal is to help you better understand the ways your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, along with external forces, impact your day-to-day life. You are the expert on yourself—and I’m here to help you facilitate even greater understanding and awareness. I have a holistic and integrative approach to psychotherapy, which means that I incorporate psychodynamic techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems theory, and mindfulness into my practice. Empathy is an essential component of our sessions, and I help clients learn to treat themselves with compassion.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
As a holistic provider, I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other providers. In addition to adults, I also work with children and adolescents, which involves collaborating with parents, teachers, medical doctors, psychiatrists, and other caregivers. I am a firm believer that it takes a village—and this extends to adult clients as well. I can also help clients grow their wellness teams, which can include psychiatry, yoga, nutrition, career coaching, and more.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
The best place and time to start therapy is exactly where you are right now. Reaching out is often the hardest part—trusting another person and opening up is daunting! Any fears you may have are normal, and many people feel conflicted about starting therapy. A common misconception is that therapy is for emergencies only, when in reality, we all benefit from having an empathetic, nonjudgmental person to serve as our sounding board and support. If you still feel ambivalent about starting therapy, let’s explore those feelings together! I offer free 15-minute phone consultations and frequently talk with people who are unsure or wary of therapy. Reach out for a phone call and we’ll take this one step at a time.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It excites me to hear more people talk openly about their own therapy experiences. The more we talk about therapy, the less stigmatizing it becomes. People who “need” therapy are often characterized as unwell, unstable, ill, disturbed—and the list goes on. The reality is that all of us experience challenges that can make life hard to manage, and we can all use support in dealing with life stressors. Asking for and receiving help shouldn’t be looked down upon—it should be encouraged. No one should have to move through life feeling alone and unsupported.
“No one should have to move through life feeling alone and unsupported.”