“The unconditional motivation and support from a therapist can be uplifting and encouraging in your journey, and I aim to offer this to clients every day.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As someone who has overcome many obstacles, including trauma, loss, and grief, I found that working closely with my own therapist set me on a path of healing and recovery. When I look back at my childhood and my early adulthood, it was the moments I was in a therapy session that helped me explore my inner strength and resiliency to succeed and thrive. It was this wholesome experience that propelled me to want to offer it to others. It is a transformative experience to seek assistance for concerns that are generally stigmatized. When you can push past those initial reservations, you can achieve insight to what afflicts you and, more importantly, learn to overcome these challenges with real strategies, encouragement, and guidance from someone whose purpose is to help you thrive. The unconditional motivation and support from a therapist can be uplifting and encouraging in your journey, and I aim to offer this to clients every day.
What should someone know about working with you?
I strive to be an active and reflective listener so that, together, my client and I can identify their most important goals. I empower clients by highlighting their inner and inherent resiliency to meet obstacles and successfully overcome them. I will provide them the tools to address their concerns and motivate them through their own steady progress. When necessary, I will assign homework to further assist clients in challenging distorted thinking that, at times, only serves to adversely impact their well-being. By providing clients with the means to understand their challenges — validating them and providing consistent emotional support that is empowering and encouraging — clients become more comfortable with their progress and further commit to a continued stable well-being.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly earning CEU credits because I value learning new skills. I read books about therapy on my own time, keep treatment planners to further develop my skills, and engage in active and vibrant conversations with other therapists to further develop my knowledge.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am goal-oriented by nature; I enjoy planning objectives for myself and achieving them. I keep planners and checklists because they help me feel accountable and I enjoy feeling proud of my accomplishments. I'm motivated and dedicated to improving and progressing in life, I'm caring and compassionate with myself because I understand I am my biggest ally, and I challenge any discrepancies that I find within myself. I am critical but sympathetic with myself and I am my most avid cheerleader. I think kindly of myself but push myself to achieve my goals. I value this perspective and I believe applying it to my life gives me a window into kindness and compassion toward my clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love that many more people are open and accepting about the idea of receiving mental health treatment. So much stigma has been applied to this field and to see many actively involved in gaining greater insight into their lives through the help of therapists is a joy and wonder. I am hopeful that even more and more people will seek therapy to better themselves and lead healthier and more emotionally stable lives now and in the future.
“I empower clients by highlighting their inner and inherent resiliency to meet obstacles and successfully overcome them.”