“I believe that empathy is a superpower to cultivating understanding in ourselves and one another.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was drawn to therapy from a young age, as it is a tool that empowered me at a vulnerable time in my life. Therapy gave me perspective, support, and hope to work through grief. Through this experience, I developed an interest in pursuing clinical work. I consider it an honor to be a therapist and create space for other people to share their stories. My background is in crisis work, community mental health outpatient settings, intensive outpatient programs, employee assistance programs, and a wellness tech startup. The specialized populations I have worked with include forensics populations, trauma survivors, and clients with diagnoses related to eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and more! Regardless of the setting or populations, I have always been drawn to the shared human experiences that unfold in these interactions. I believe that empathy is a superpower to cultivating understanding in ourselves and one another.
What should someone know about working with you?
During an intake process, I will ask about what led you to seek therapy and conduct a 45- minute assessment to gain understanding of what your day to day entails while also giving space to listen as you share your goals. I believe whatever is going on in this moment deserves to be recognized and addressed as a starting point. As we build rapport in working together, we will explore more of your life story to see how it connects to present day. I am a strong believer that most people repeat the same patterns over and over in their lives, with details such as the characters, settings, and storyline changing while the deep-rooted emotional needs remain unresolved. Therefore, I often explore themes that arise in our conversations and encourage the insights we can collaboratively glean from this. I approach the therapeutic alliance with curiosity, humor, and openness and hope you may be willing to do the same!
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Therapists ask clients to be open, flexible, and creative, all traits I actively strive to bring to the relationship! I am comfortable being humbled in all I have yet to learn about specific populations or theories and I use continuing education opportunities to learn more about these blind spots. I have completed training on sexual development, dialectical behavior therapy, trauma-informed care, and strategies influenced by neuroscience research. I am also interested in exploring clinical theories, such as acceptance and commitment therapy as well as behavioral therapy techniques. I am interested in both collaborating with other providers and the client directly; I will often ask clients if what we are doing together is helpful to ensure their needs are being addressed.
“I approach the therapeutic alliance with curiosity, humor, and openness and hope you may be willing to do the same!”