“I work from an empathetic approach to provide a safe place for my clients to explore their own narrative and progress toward a more fulfilling life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been drawn toward the helping profession. As an undergraduate student, I obtained a job as a behavioral technician for a group of psychologists. My work there showed me that a major in psychology would be something I would really enjoy. While working for this practice, I had the opportunity to see real change in my clients’ behaviors and wellbeing. I realized that being a therapist is so much more than helping; it’s about facilitating positive changes. Working as a behavioral technician allowed me to develop the client-centered stance I needed to thrive as a clinician.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work from an empathetic approach to provide a safe place for my clients to explore their own narrative and progress toward a more fulfilling life. It is important for me to learn how culture and history have impacted my clients today. With this understanding, I incorporate evidence-based treatment to work toward a purpose-driven life while staying open to whatever life throws your way. By the end of therapy, my goal is for clients to have a better quality of life, a stronger sense of self, and greater psychological flexibility.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about mental health receiving attention within our culture. We are seeing real shifts in the way people view and perceive mental health, with it being less stigmatizing to ask for help and talk about issues. More recently, healthcare settings and business corporations have created a space to integrate mental health into their services to support their employees. In a way, mental health is being recognized as essential to physical health. I am excited that this cultural shift allows for better treatment and care and I look forward to participating in the awareness this shift may provide.
“By the end of therapy, my goal is for clients to have a better quality of life, a stronger sense of self, and greater psychological flexibility.”