“I firmly believe that everyone deserves to share their story in a nonjudgmental and supportive context while gaining insight into the impact their experiences have on their lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist was not a straightforward one. Early in college, I decided to find a career promoting social justice and positive social change and I studied international development with a focus on addressing gender-based violence. However, in order to make more effective programs and policies, I felt like I needed more direct experience working with the survivors and so I pursued a degree in social work. I have fallen in absolute love with clinical work! Being trusted by someone with some of their most intimate thoughts and experiences has been and continues to be such a privilege. The ability to be part of a process that brings positive change to someone's life that inevitably ripples into a healthier society is my way of achieving the goal I had set for myself as a young adult.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that the client is the expert of their story and I approach the process as a partnership. Before I even start an intake, I encourage clients to ask me any questions about my professional background or the process of therapy. Additionally, I also let them know that they can choose to share what they want with me only if/when they feel safe and comfortable doing so.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have completed the immersion course in accelerated experiential dynamic psychodynamic therapy and will continue with my training. I have also completed an integrative trauma studies program and obtained complex trauma certification (level 1 and 2). I am interested in learning more about trauma and how it impacts people and the different approaches to healing from it. I also think that it is imperative to collaborate with other providers as appropriate and necessary in the interest of helping the client reach their goals. However, it is just as important (except in cases of self-harm, harm to others, or child safety concerns) that the client provides their consent with the understanding that only the relevant information is shared with other providers.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I firmly believe that everyone deserves to share their story in a nonjudgmental and supportive context while gaining insight into the impact their experiences have on their lives. I also believe that unconditional regard for your client is the bedrock of a healthy therapeutic relationship. My core values of the inherent value and dignity of human life and the basic human right to live a healthy and safe life are truly at the core of my clinical orientation and approach.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The emerging research on the brain and the impact trauma has on brain development is something I find very interesting. I hope that we keep investing in mental health and making it more accessible. I also hope telehealth is here to stay, as it is something many find helpful and easier.
“I also believe that unconditional regard for your client is the bedrock of a healthy therapeutic relationship.”