“I strive to create an open, warm environment where you feel safe and able to explore your authentic self.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I have always been fascinated with the complexity of human nature and what makes us all both similar and different. I knew at an early age that I wanted to help individuals through challenging times, as well as help them identify and build upon their strengths. College and graduate coursework, personal experiences helping friends, and professional experiences have reinforced my belief in the value of mental health treatment and guided self-discovery. I have come to think of humans as puzzles with numerous pieces of varying types. Together, they form the whole picture of who we are, and I am passionate about helping people understand how their puzzle pieces fit together.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
My approach to treatment is not one-size-fits-all. Our first few sessions will consist largely of information-gathering and building a relationship. I will spend time getting to know you as an individual, what brings you to treatment, and your goals. Utilizing the various treatments in which I have been trained (i.e., cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and more), I create an integrated, individualized approach tailored to meet the needs of each client. I take a collaborative and non-judgmental stance, empowering my clients to move toward their values and achieve their goals. I am passionate about helping each client explore their own experiences and to deepen their understanding of themselves, their relationships, and the world.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
As a psychologist with specialized training in health psychology, I have learned the value of a whole-health approach to mental health and wellness. With a goal of treating my clients as holistically as possible, I often find myself working with or referring them to providers in various fields and disciplines. Throughout the course of treatment, I am continuously assessing the impact of the bidirectional relationship between mental and physical health—and how that relationship might influence functioning. This allows me to approach each client with an individualized and comprehensive understanding of who they are, while incorporating additional expertise that may be beneficial to their unique issues. I often collaborate with psychiatrists, sleep clinics, nutritionists, physicians, and physical and occupational therapists.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Unfortunately, the stigma that has surrounded mental health treatment for years has generated the notion that therapy is only for “people with problems.” While therapy is certainly beneficial for individuals who are struggling, therapy can also be utilized as an opportunity for introspection, self-awareness, and growth. Giving yourself some “me time” each week can help improve relationships, quality of life, and overall well-being—even for those who aren’t suffering from acute issues. I appreciate the hesitation that can arise at the thought of being vulnerable and honest with yourself or others. As a psychologist, I strive to create an open, warm environment where you feel safe and able to explore your authentic self. While it may not always be easy, self-exploration through therapy is a rewarding and meaningful experience.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
There are many developments in the evolving landscape of mental health care that have great potential. One area I am particularly excited about—and I have considerable experience in—is the use of technology. Whether it is the use of video or telehealth services to conduct therapy while the client is in the comfort of their home, or the use of various mental health applications to support and reinforce the work being done in sessions, technology has the ability to enhance the treatment process. When working with me, technology may be used to augment your treatment and help measure progress. It will also provide additional tools and identify ways for you to continue to help yourself in the future.
“While it may not always be easy, self-exploration through therapy is a rewarding and meaningful experience.”