“While I believe reflecting on our past can be helpful, I recognized that suffering increases when we unpack and live there.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been a compassionate and empathetic person, feeling deeply for the injustice and suffering in the world. After earning my undergraduate degree in psychology, I felt drawn to social work. I learned about the impact of trauma on function and wellness, gaining experience working in various settings such as hospice, foster and residential care, domestic violence centers, and schools. While I believe reflecting on our past can be helpful, I recognized that suffering increases when we unpack and live there. That’s why I use a clinical framework that is solution-focused and trauma-informed. I also have interest in the role of mind and body in wellness, having completed training in the areas of yoga, spirituality, mindfulness, and meditation.
What should someone know about working with you?
The client is always the expert. Together, we work to uncover unmet goals and desires. It generally takes three to five sessions to build a rapport and, during this time, we look at the presenting problems as a first step in uncovering the core beliefs and layers of unconscious rules that a client has created for themselves in order to feel safe. Often, these rules create patterns that prevent us from achieving our potential. We will learn to rewrite the rules so a client can feel empowered and protected, while courageously taking control of their life.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration is so important for a therapist. I value my group and individual consultations; they allow me to learn from others and get ideas that I might not have thought of on my own. In personal one-on-one supervision, I receive guidance from a psychotherapist with nearly three decades of experience. I also value the expertise of others with specialized knowledge in nutrition, psychiatry, and disorders outside of my scope. I work closely with a holistic wellness coach and recent integrative nutrition graduate and find that we complement each other well.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy can be a little intimidating and it takes hard work, but confronting and working through challenges is a life-changing experience. You can always take a break and go at your own pace. Remember you are the expert and therapists are just walking alongside you, sharing what we have gained through our education and awareness. We are human too, with our own experiences that have filled us with love, compassion, and understanding.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am so excited to see the minimization of the stigma around mental wellness. Therapy is not about providing services to people who are "ill" — therapy is for everyone! Research and experience are showing us the depth of what it means to be human and the breadth of our adaptability. What was once considered problematic thinking or behavior is now understood and utilized, transcending into strength and success.
“We will learn to rewrite the rules so a client can feel empowered and protected, while courageously taking control of their life.”