“In my work in the community and as an individual therapist, I found a genuine joy and interest in getting to know individuals on a human level, with all of their unique qualities and interests outside of their identified challenges and concerns.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have known that I wanted to be a therapist from a young age as I was fascinated with the human mind and understanding an individual’s unique experiences and perspectives. I worked for 11 years in community mental health with individuals with major mental health challenges where my love for direct work with people was affirmed. It widened my lens of the environmental factors and systemic issues that providers must always take into account in exploring the whole of a person. It was also through this experience that I learned how to meet people where they are, focusing on strengths and resiliencies. Most importantly, in my work in the community and as an individual therapist, I found a genuine joy and interest in getting to know individuals on a human level, with all of their unique qualities and interests outside of their identified challenges and concerns. I believe this is an asset to my ability to create an authentic and powerful therapeutic relationship.
What should someone know about working with you?
I deeply appreciate just how difficult it can be for many to start the process of therapy. I value bringing my authentic self to sessions, which I believe is necessary to building a trusting, therapeutic relationship. I specialize in working with adults and teenagers struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship challenges, life transitions, stress management, and self-esteem issues. I prioritize getting to know you at your pace, allowing you to share with me what you truly feel is important for me to know in a way that is natural and on your own terms. I do believe our individual histories are relevant to understanding our present-day experiences and developing insight around that can be powerful. I will tailor sessions to each individual’s needs, whether they be structured around skills coaching or more focused on emotional processing. Most importantly, I care about getting to know you as a person, and building trust, comfort, and safety is my first priority.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I strongly value the power of relationships and connection, which shapes my practice as I prioritize building a strong foundation in the therapeutic relationship, focused on authentic connection and compassion. My natural sense of curiosity has also shaped my work as I believe true connection can be developed through genuine interest in and curiosity about the human experience. I see the importance of learning who people are, all of their unique qualities, and empowering them to find their own voice and internal resilience. It is my belief that individuals are the true experts on their own lives, and I am here to guide, support, and help people uncover their own ability to lead fulfilling and enriching lives.
“I believe this is an asset to my ability to create an authentic and powerful therapeutic relationship.”