“Through years of training, practice, and experience in various settings, I can confidently say that I genuinely love what I do and feel so fortunate to be in this career; I learn as much from my clients as they learn from me.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I rebelled in my teens and went through a very confusing time without the support I needed to succeed. I was truly lost and had no future goals to better myself. One of my college professors from a random elective course I enrolled in to fill my schedule took a special interest in me. She was a trained social worker and therapist and pushed me to take a social work course that I had no interest in or knowledge about. As a distraction, I consumed myself with the course and learned so much about myself in the process. I realized my desire to help others just felt "right" so I decided to start my own therapy as a client. I wanted to be in a better position to help others. My therapist helped me heal from my past trauma and empowered me to dream big and start small. Through years of training, practice, and experience in various settings, I can confidently say that I genuinely love what I do and feel so fortunate to be in this career; I learn as much from my clients as they learn from me.
What should someone know about working with you?
All of my sessions are 60-minutes long. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach and progress varies from client to client. Progress might look like a reduction in symptoms of anxiety, depression, or irritability or it might look like an increase in self-awareness about your patterns and behaviors, resulting in improved communication within your relationships.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that honesty within your interpersonal relationships is key to living an authentic life. My approach will encourage you to be real with yourself in regard to your own individual experiences and feelings and to communicate these feelings effectively. Through my work, I have found that people usually know what they want to say but worry about their delivery. So, they say nothing and make false assumptions. These assumptions are usually negative and can lead to poor self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and impaired relationships. I believe that a foundation of honesty and openness will lead to knowledge, insight, and a more fulfilling life.
“I believe that honesty within your interpersonal relationships is key to living an authentic life.”