“Therapy is a relationship where a private, supportive, and nonjudgmental alliance is fostered.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I came to counseling after supporting a close friend who is living with a mood disorder. I started volunteering as a support group facilitator, and I interned at a day program for people living with severe psychiatric disorders. I found counseling engrossing, rewarding, and energizing. From there, I reevaluated my career as an office worker, and I refocused my college career on studio art and psychology with an eye toward going for my master’s in mental health counseling. During and after my MA program, I worked at a community-based AIDS organization. From there, I moved into private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
Successful therapy starts with the formation of the counselor-client bond. Therapy is a relationship where a private, supportive, and nonjudgmental alliance is fostered. I view psychic injuries, biological dispositions, and successful experiences as shaping our present. The past affects how we relate to others and why we carry wounds into the present; new and old life events can lead to self-destructive coping. Therapy can heal wounds and impart insight. Symptoms and diagnosis need not define us. We can learn to appreciate life’s joy and successes. Our counseling experience starts with a phone screening to see if we are a good fit. I will ask a couple questions to get an idea of what you are going through. If I have the right tools and you feel comfortable, we will proceed to the paperwork and set up our first telehealth session.
What advice would you give someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Teletherapy is an increasingly effective method of delivering treatment to clients who are hesitant about going into an office or may have difficulties getting to one. Some people believe things are just the way they are, there are no solutions to their problems. I believe devoting regular time for counseling fosters self-awareness and can enable new ways of understanding why you are stuck. Connecting for a consultation is a helpful way to reduce hesitancy.
“I view psychic injuries, biological dispositions, and successful experiences as shaping our present.”