“My empathic style allows me to validate my client’s feelings and experiences, helping them to be seen and heard.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began after working many years in the corporate business world in various finance and accounting roles. Feeling unfulfilled in my career, I started to seek direction for my next step in life. After much prayer and introspection, I began to gain clarity about my life’s calling to become a therapist and realized I already possessed some of the qualities of a good therapist. Listening to others and giving them my undivided attention came naturally for me and people often described me as a good listener. My love of learning was also something that was beneficial for me, so having the chance to return to school to pursue mental health counseling was exciting. I welcomed the opportunity for growth as I embarked on my new career.
What should someone know about working with you?
Someone working with me should know that I aim to provide a nonjudgmental, safe space where my clients feel accepted and understood. My empathic style allows me to validate my client’s feelings and experiences, helping them to be seen and heard. I want my clients to feel comfortable enough to share their stories with me, to express themselves authentically, and to trust me with their feelings. In addition, I encourage self-awareness and reflection to aid my clients in creating better coping skills, healthier behaviors, and more productive patterns of thinking.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited that conversations around mental health and seeking help for mental health-related issues are becoming more normalized. Social media is definitely playing a huge role in how mental health is perceived and the way the stigma of mental health is being reduced. I’m also excited to see access to care being broadened, and my hope is that individuals will take advantage of the increased availability of services.
“I want my clients to feel comfortable enough to share their stories with me, to express themselves authentically, and to trust me with their feelings.”