“Everyone has the capacity to have meaningful connections, a feeling of self-worth, and a rooted sense of personal empowerment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
My path to becoming a therapist was rooted in my development at a young age. My family moved frequently and I became accustomed to navigating different circumstances, perspectives, and stories of experience. I was fascinated by human nature and connection and my curiosity to understand stories and backgrounds shaped my interests, relationships, and the pathway towards a career seeking to understand behaviors. As I evolve professionally and personally, I continue to seek out experiences that expand and challenge my own worldview and embrace human connections.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I value authenticity and curiosity and co-create spaces where clients can determine what their own values and aspirations can mean for themselves. Comfort precedes curiosity and cultivating a framework where one can investigate their own story is what empowers people to have agency in what comes next. I truly believe that despite circumstances or experiences, everyone has the capacity to have meaningful connections, a feeling of self-worth, and a rooted sense of personal empowerment. Self-care habits, mindfulness, and choice are powerful practices, and I believe that that can look different for each individual.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
In the mental health world, multiple perspectives are everything. Whether that be offering it when invited or asking for another way to visualize the bigger picture- it can be what fuels growth, cultivates compassion and empathy, exposes blind spots, and sparks evolution. I seek supervision and peer supervision regularly to continue to adjust my lens and add to my toolbox. When provided the opportunity, I collaborate with other involved providers to gather as much relevant information to help navigate the clinical experience and impact outcomes.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Therapy is your space to self-investigate at a pace you find comfortable. It can be hard sharing intimate thoughts and experiences with a stranger- questions and frustrations about the process are also encouraged to be part of the conversation. I believe people change through understanding- and therapy is your own carved-out time to deepen your own understanding of yourself.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
The widening landscape of how different industries, systems, cultures, and generations are acknowledging and becoming inclusive of the mental health conversation is exciting and motivating. I see a shift towards preventive vs. reactive measures in the bigger-picture approach and am proud of the growing trend of expanding mental health education that I have seen while working in the public school system, managed care, and in public health. Those victories are acknowledged and celebrated, but there are still many barriers and challenges across communities and I’m hoping that access to mental health treatment continues to expand in a way that can challenge inequities and stigma across our city.
“I believe people change through understanding, and therapy is your own carved-out time to deepen your own understanding of yourself.”