“The golden rule that I have learned with therapy is to always start where you are as the client.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started out with an internship in a bakery that also served as a base where at-risk youth worked with behavioral assistants and therapists. I saw children and adolescents who were so eager for change and to understand themselves, their behaviors, and where this all fit in the greater world. I so genuinely enjoyed watching these children and their families work to become stronger units. I also loved the idea of incorporating some out-of-the-box techniques, such as baking. I’ve since attended several trainings on play and expressive therapies and I try to integrate these into my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I tailor my therapy to the individual and especially to what you are looking to get out of working with me. During the intake process, I’ll ask you questions about what brought you to therapy and what changes you are looking for in your life. Some people are eager to bring therapy out of the therapeutic space and I often assign homework to those looking for practical applications of our work. Other people need therapy to be a safe space to unload and to explore the thoughts and feelings affecting them. The golden rule that I have learned with therapy is to always start where you are as the client. Therapy can often be difficult and uncomfortable, so I work to make sure I am helping you through this process.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
There is a movie I watched over and over again as a child. It’s about two children who get pulled into a coloring book where all the characters are divided by their colors and differences except one woman who has lost all her colors. The children have to help her unite the characters to bring her colors back. It’s a bit silly but I always think it reflects the values that brought me into therapy. I believe that we are a stronger society when we can talk about our differences and when we can show love and respect to all the members of our community. As a therapist, my number one priority is to be able to be with you so that you feel heard and understood as you work toward bettering your life on your terms.
“As a therapist, my number one priority is to be able to be with you so that you feel heard and understood as you work toward bettering your life on your terms.”