“I love what I do and being in this field and dealing with emotions and drives allows me to help clients engage with themselves in more fluent and challenging ways.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In my first career, I taught literature and writing at various colleges. Because the focus of literature is on analyzing the motivations and desires of human behavior, it naturally drew me toward becoming a therapist. From a very young age and while growing up in an extended family, I was always "figuring out" what was happening with the adults who surrounded me. It was/is fascinating to puzzle out behaviors and interactions somewhat like a story. I carry this with me along with all my training, reading, and work with clients. I love what I do and being in this field and dealing with emotions and drives allows me to help clients engage with themselves in more fluent and challenging ways.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is rather open as clients talk about what they feel and need in their life and what is problematic for them. I let the history emerge as they wish. Sometimes, I give a beginning assessment to gauge what they think of what I have said in order to see if anything essential comes up. Progress is in their returning to therapy and feeling greater ease in themselves as they become more conscious of underlying conflicts. Homework involves what they feel they need, whether that’s a new experience, leaving their comfort zone, using their imagination to create a new personality, or anything else they could come up with. I enjoy working with a wide range of people with an incredible variety of problems, including those who suffer from depressive disorders, victims of incest, and those with transgender struggles. My experience has helped to enlighten my life and given me a very deep sense of satisfaction and I hope therapy does the same for my clients.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always learning and attending scientific meetings as well as lectures that add to my knowledge of the various trends in therapy. I also take part in group meetings with other therapists on a regular basis. My self-awareness and my own therapy have grown in doing this work and I continue to learn various new approaches (e.g., how to work with different personality structures and their presenting issues).
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Basically, I believe all therapeutic interventions are an attempt to help people achieve richness in their lives and offer the ability to overcome the deficits/despair that have plagued them.
“Basically, I believe all therapeutic interventions are an attempt to help people achieve richness in their lives and offer the ability to overcome the deficits/despair that have plagued them.”