“My biggest goal is to make therapy feel as non-threatening and comfortable as possible.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I worked in trade publishing for several years before having an epiphany and discovering my true calling. I left publishing and went back to school, pursuing a degree in social work! During this time, I discovered just how often deep mental and emotional suffering goes unchecked; people are fearful to ask for help or simply don’t know how to take those first crucial steps. Individual hesitancy can have cultural influences, too; people of color, for example, are sometimes taught to “suck it up” or that therapy is something only white people do. I’m passionate about being a therapist because I want people - all people - to understand it is possible to feel better and live more rewarding lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
My biggest goal is to make therapy feel as non-threatening and comfortable as possible. I prefer to allow our sessions to flow organically, rather than working with a rigid plan. I do assign homework, depending on your particular issue/goal, and generally recommend journaling (especially when dealing with anxiety and depression). I’ve completed additional training in OCD and I’m a member of the International OCD Foundation. I am a certified trauma therapist as well.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Though I’m a sole provider, I rely on a network of therapists for collaboration on difficult cases and sound advice. I learn from these connections and often hear about opportunities for training. If my clients see other providers, I collaborate with them as a matter of routine. This is beneficial to them as well since other providers don’t typically see the patient as often or speak to them with the depth that I do. In the past, I have even collaborated with a priest as he was the most trusted person in my client’s life.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Only you can decide if you’re ready to heal, but I challenge you to consider what this would look like - empowering, freeing, and rewarding. Therapy is a process and one that doesn’t happen overnight, yet it does happen if you put in the work. Many people seek therapy because they’re tired of feeling bad and they realize what they’re doing is no longer working. However, therapy is appropriate for everyone, even those not dealing with unsatisfied feelings. We always have something we can improve.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The greater access to telehealth is helping to make therapy more accessible to people who might feel stigmatized by coming into a therapist’s office as well as those who live too far away to commute (or face other logistic issues). Telehealth allows clients to heal from the comfort of home! Many training courses and certification courses have gone online too, which gives me a convenient way to advance my skills as a therapist and offer my clients the best help possible.
“I’ve completed additional training in OCD and I’m a member of the International OCD Foundation.”