“Therapy can be like a good buffet: It offers something for everyone and can be tailored to your needs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to clinical therapy started early on. As a child, I was sensitive to the needs of others and wanted to support people. At 14 years old, I serendipitously came across a psychology textbook in a bookstore and was fascinated with the content—I asked for the book as a present. Shortly thereafter, I knew I wanted to be a clinical psychotherapist and declared that it would be my profession. I chose to focus on marriage and family therapy because of my extensive work in home, community, and hospital settings with at-risk youth and their families, and a two-year training program in structural family therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I combine elements of the “whole person” concept in treatment. I use CBT to impact cognitive blocks, structural family therapy dynamics to explore past history and current family issues, life coaching to create and follow through with structured goal setting, and, when appropriate, aspects of spirituality and holistic wellness to enhance self-awareness and positive coping methods. I am active and engaged in our sessions and will ask thoughtful questions to learn more about you and your experiences—and to help you gain insight and find solutions. I believe that therapy doesn’t end when the session ends. Depending on the situation, homework may be assigned. It could be practicing CBT techniques, journaling, doing meditation exercises, reading a chapter of a book—whatever is most relevant to your treatment.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Be open and honest with yourself and what you’re dealing with. What have you put up with or been challenged or overwhelmed by that makes you think that talking to a trained professional may help? What do you want to have or accomplish for more peace of mind or a better quality of life? Therapy can be like a good buffet: It offers something for everyone and can be tailored to your needs. Whether it’s working out the how, when, or why, asking the right questions can reduce hesitancy, calm many concerns, and leave you open to giving therapy a try.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m very excited about cultural shifts in mental health. Therapy and engagement in the healing process are becoming more readily acceptable and accessible to people from different communities. As practitioners learn about what matters to their clients, it allows for their own self-reflection and transformation of biases. I view the client as an expert of their own background and how they identify. Everyone has their own unique experiences and I embrace them all with openness. Exploring how identity and worldview impact what someone has dealt with, what someone is presently dealing with, and what kind of support is needed can shape treatment goals.
What’s the best part about working with me?
In working with me, you will get a supportive psychotherapist, an educator, and a goal-focused, direct, and empathic coach to help you navigate the most challenging aspects of your life and champion your successes. My clients leave treatment with a better understanding of their past experiences, skills to successfully deal with present-moment stressors, and a deeper self-awareness that leads to an improved quality of life. I look forward to being your partner in your healing process and helping you achieve your greatness!
“In working with me, you will get a supportive psychotherapist, an educator, and a goal-focused, direct, and empathic coach to help you navigate the most challenging aspects of your life and champion your successes.”