“It can be terrifying, but my goal is to create a safe space where clients become open to exploring and accepting parts of themselves they may have been afraid of or felt unsafe dissecting.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Therapy literally changed (and probably saved) my life when I met with a college counselor. I was really struggling with accepting myself and I suffered from depression and anxiety. After experiencing unconditional acceptance from this “stranger” with whom I developed trust, I found an acceptance in myself that I never knew was possible. This is a big part of why I enjoy helping those who are embarking on the journey of exploring and discovering their identity. It can be terrifying, but my goal is to create a safe space where clients become open to exploring and accepting parts of themselves they may have been afraid of or felt unsafe dissecting.
What should someone know about working with you?
For me, the most important part of this process is developing our relationship; we have to be able to trust each other in order for the client to be vulnerable with me and vice versa. I am a fan of assigning creative homework that is based around the concept of mindfulness and holistic wellness. I get most excited about working with clients who are ready to do their inner work and willing to be challenged to see (and become) who they are beyond the blocks that might have kept them limited in the past.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Authenticity has always been a huge role in my approach to therapy. I'm one of those people who can control my words, but I'm not the best at controlling my facial expressions! You'll know how I feel by my face (LOL!). That's who I am! I own these truths about myself and I bring them into session. I believe in modeling authenticity with my clients, as I want to create that space where clients feel safe to be themselves with no judgment.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm so grateful for telehealth, as it has drastically broadened the clientele I can work with. The convenience of being able to work remotely allows a new level of flexibility and adaptability with my schedule that I really appreciate. I notice that I find myself more balanced, as I can go right outside to my backyard and ground myself when I need to. I have more energy, and this allows me to support my clients from a full and rejuvenated cup.
“I believe in modeling authenticity with my clients, as I want to create that space where clients feel safe to be themselves with no judgment.”