“I grew up with trauma and feel that I have unique experiences that help me understand the issues people may have faced in the past.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a child who grew up in a traumatic environment, I learned that I never wanted others to feel the way I did. Once I reached college, I focused on psychology and counseling to gain more of an understanding of my past. I graduated from college and knew I wanted to be a therapist but felt young and sheltered being in Oregon. I moved to New York City to gain a bigger worldview and get exposed to a diverse city. Since gaining my master’s degree in social work, I have been an individual therapist, done home visits for abused and neglected kids, and worked at a hospital for years. I have experience in medical conditions, death and dying, and difficult family dynamics. I am a strengths-based therapist who wants to learn about clients' lives and be able to help them gain larger perspectives about themselves in the world. I like to utilize mindfulness, CBT, and psychodynamic practices in our work.
What should someone know about working with you?
In beginning our work together, I like to allow the client to tell me where they are and why they sought out therapy now. Our first session or sessions will be for both of us to get to know one another and create goals for us to work toward. I do not typically assign homework unless it is something that a client feels will benefit them. Most of my experience has been with adults and I find strong therapeutic alliances with the LGBTQ community.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As mentioned before, I grew up with trauma and feel that I have unique experiences that help me understand the issues people may have faced in the past. I consider myself someone who was successful in processing my past and allow it to keep me grounded and open to successes in the future. I have spent many years working with diverse communities and enjoy learning about life experiences without judgment. Each person is the expert on their life and I am an ally in understanding the past to remove barriers to a positive future.
“Each person is the expert on their life and I am an ally in understanding the past to remove barriers to a positive future.”