“I also enjoy helping people become aware of their strengths and understand that their challenges are not hopeless situations.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Mental health therapy is my first career. I was drawn to this career because I take pleasure in helping people make progress in their lives. I enjoy actively listening to people in order to understand them, make them feel supported, and build rapport. I also enjoy helping people become aware of their strengths and understand that their challenges are not hopeless situations. I am well-suited to be a therapist because I am patient, knowledgeable, respectful, and personable. I have previously worked in the fields of preventive care, foster care, and substance abuse. My experience has made me familiar with addressing various mental health issues and trauma. I have worked with clients from various cultures and backgrounds. Interacting with a variety of clients has built my confidence regarding my ability to build relationships and help change thought patterns and behaviors.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process involves questions regarding what clients would like to work on in therapy, what they want to accomplish, and their history regarding their mental health. I assign homework that encourages clients to come out of their comfort zones and put what was discussed in therapy sessions into practice. I describe progress as clients improving their communication skills, motivation, and stress management. I enjoy working with couples and families and clients who struggle with self-esteem and motivation.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My personal experience growing up presented me with challenges that helped me discover who I am and develop confidence in my authentic self. I believe that a person has to be his or her authentic self in order to enjoy life. I feel that everyone's choice of how he or she decides to present him or herself to others should be respected. People should be able to accept differences and maintain an open mind. I treat everyone I meet with the utmost respect and I strive to build a relationship with that individual. A relationship with each client is needed so that they feel comfortable enough to share their experiences with me and accept my suggestions. I remain humble and allow people to teach me about themselves so I can understand them and offer informed interventions. I want my clients to know that they will never be subject to any judgment and that I am their ally. I will never impose my beliefs on them and we will concentrate on what is important to them.
“I am well-suited to be a therapist because I am patient, knowledgeable, respectful, and personable.”