“My approach to therapy is a blend of humor, curiosity, and collaboration—tears are welcome and laughter is inevitable.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My decision to pursue a career in therapy is similar to why I initially pursued a career in the performing arts. At its core, therapy is storytelling—I get the chance to provide space for a client to not only tell their story without judgment and feel validated, but to also get the opportunity to rewrite their narrative from a place of self-compassion. Throughout my career as an actor and my training as a therapist, I was drawn to people’s experiences of grief, their relationships with their bodies, the roles they play in their families, and how that all impacts the decisions they make each day. I became a therapist to bring creative thinking to those who feel stuck and compassion to those who feel misunderstood.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach to therapy is a blend of humor, curiosity, and collaboration—tears are welcome and laughter is inevitable. With experience in CBT, mindfulness, and feminist orientations, I utilize an integrative approach to therapy, designed to meet the specific needs of the individual. Together, we will observe how circumstances of the past may inform thoughts and behaviors in the present. As a therapist, I aim to honor your decision to prioritize your mental health. Being able to do that is a gift—and I approach my relationships with my clients with gratitude.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Hesitancy means that this is really important to you—and it’s also important to find someone who really gets you! It’s overwhelming, and maybe even annoying, to think about having to explain your story, “start from the beginning,” or feel like your problems aren’t bad enough. My advice would be to change your expectations about what therapy is “supposed” to look like. Therapy is an opportunity to grow. It’s a chance to take a pause in your week, breathe, and talk stuff out with someone who will listen without judgment. It’s a chance to shed yourself of some of the burdens you’ve been walking around with. There’s a great deal of empowerment in a perspective shift—and therapy provides an intentional time and space for that moment.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
There are a lot of pros and cons to social media these days, but seeing the advocacy for mental health is really exciting. Every small step toward destigmatizing mental health is hugely important. Globally, I’m excited by public figures talking more about their therapy practices, academia prioritizing mental health services, and the growing access to people’s personal struggles and triumphs through blogs, podcasts, and social media. Personally, I’m energized by the conversations I’m having with friends and family about the ways they are working on themselves—and the ways they are challenging old-school beliefs about what going to therapy means.
What can a client expect at their first therapy session?
We will spend the time in our first session getting to know each other. After exploring some of the areas you are hoping to work on, we will agree together on where to focus—though what we focus on may continue to evolve as you do. The trust and rapport we will start to develop in our first session will lay the groundwork for you to move toward personal growth. When you’re ready, give me a call! I offer a free initial phone consultation for us to start to get to know each other.
“There’s a great deal of empowerment in a perspective shift—and therapy provides an intentional time and space for that moment.”
Interested in speaking with Angela?