“It takes courage to seek therapy and the first step can feel like the hardest part of your journey.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey to becoming a therapist began at a very young age, as I would often seek out ways to help family and friends around me who were struggling. I found myself empathetic to their situations and wanted to provide support in any way that I could. It wasn’t until later in life, after experiencing my own struggles with anxiety as an undergrad, that becoming a therapist became a clear path. The ability to access mental health treatment and benefit from it so profoundly inspired my interest to become part of the field and help others experience positive change in their lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach to therapy involves building a trusting, supportive, and collaborative environment for inner exploration and discovery. One of my main priorities is to fully understand who you are as a person and build a therapeutic relationship that encourages honesty. During our introductory sessions, I'll work to understand your history, what you’re currently experiencing, and what your goals are for therapy. During sessions, I use an integrative approach by incorporating techniques from different modalities to address each individual’s unique situation. I help clients in developing a deeper connection with themselves and their experience with the world.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It's completely normal to feel hesitant. It takes courage to seek therapy and the first step can feel like the hardest part of your journey. Opening yourself up to someone for the first time is daunting, but allowing yourself that space to reflect on your emotions and become more aware can be transformative. When beginning therapy, it's helpful to establish a relationship with the therapist by communicating openly and honestly. If you notice that you’re not building that connection, it’s important to communicate that to ensure that you’re linked with a therapist with whom you feel comfortable.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
What I’m most excited about is that mental health is truly being talked about more. I think society is beginning to look at mental health as something that’s important to our wellness and is working to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and therapy. I'm also excited about the use of telehealth within the field, as it has provided the opportunity for more individuals to access therapy from the comfort of their homes. Telehealth is growing and there’s a realization that it’s actually pretty helpful within the field.
What are some misconceptions about teletherapy?
I've had a lot of clients ask if teletherapy is as effective as in-person therapy. Truthfully, it depends on the individual. Teletherapy is great because it can allow clients to access services from their home or office, which reduces travel time and expenses. When considering teletherapy, think about whether you have a private space for an uninterrupted session, your overall comfort level with the therapist, and the challenges you're experiencing at the moment.
“Teletherapy is great because it can allow clients to access services from their home or office, which reduces travel time and expenses.”