“I am thrilled to stand by your side as you embark on this important journey of building a deeper relationship within.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Like many people, my interest in therapy came about from learned experiences. I realized I wanted to help others with their life challenges after facing my own; I wanted to help them lean in, learn, and grow. My professional “aha” moment arrived while reading “The Gift of Therapy” during my last semester as an undergrad. Irvin Yalom’s masterpiece put the puzzle together, like 1,000 jigsaw pieces beautifully displaying the bigger picture of my future career. I abandoned my plans of studying elementary education and decided to pursue my interest in psychology, becoming a different kind of helper and healer.
What should someone know about working with you?
You know yourself best. You also have the most vested interest in helping yourself. All of this makes you an expert on what you want, what you need, and what annoys you to no end. And it makes me privileged to join you. I am thrilled to stand by your side as you embark on this important journey of building a deeper relationship within. I strive to be your partner in your path to healing. After all, the primary indicator of success is the relationship between client and clinician. This requires trust, comfort, and compassion, all which I will do my part to cultivate from the start. It takes time to build rapport and I take my role of earning your trust very seriously. Without it, I can’t expect you to feel safe while vulnerably exposing the most intimate parts of your life.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I’m a firm believer that integrated care is truly the best approach to addressing mental health. In an ideal world, people would feel comfortable engaging in discussions about mental wellness with any general or specialty medical provider. Mental wellness plays a huge role in physical wellness. A collaborative process is even more important when clients have underlying health conditions or react adversely to certain medications. If therapists work alongside other healthcare providers, we can better manage appropriate medications and alternative solutions.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Starting therapy for either the first time or with a new clinician is scary and hesitancy often feels protective. Trust me, I get it! When you choose to share your innermost thoughts, worries, fears, or goals, it seems a little bit like the dream we all have where we show up to high school without our clothes. I’m offering a safe space for you, all of you — the victories and the vulnerabilities. I welcome questions about my experience, my treatment modalities, and how I best believe I can help you. Some people feel at ease right away with their selected therapist and some require more time and patience to find the right fit. It’s similar to the process of finding any healthcare provider. Do your best to trust the process and your instincts along the way.
How does someone know if therapy is working?
We are all unique masterpieces that experience growth and enlightenment in very different ways. Individual people mean individual results. But therapy doesn’t always make us feel better in the moment. We simply don’t grow when we’re safe and sound inside our comfort zones. If you find yourself willing to look at familiar, disruptive patterns from a different perspective, then you’ll know therapy is working, even if it’s still a work in progress. Healing is not linear and practicing wellness is an ongoing process. It must become a habit, like working out or brushing your teeth. If you’re willing to make an ongoing commitment to yourself, therapy can truly become a beacon of light, gently guiding you through both familiar and uncharted waters.
“If you find yourself willing to look at familiar, disruptive patterns from a different perspective, then you’ll know therapy is working,”