“I feel very blessed by my struggles and obstacles in life; they have allowed me to become more open-minded and patient with people around me as well as clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I initially graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. I worked for Saks.com for a year after graduation. Every day, I would come home and feel a sense of emptiness. I felt that I was not doing anything to help contribute to the world. I was not sure what I wanted to do at the time but I was naturally the person friends and family always gravitated toward when they had a problem. My mom, who is a therapist, expressed that she thought I would be great at therapy. I applied to school and got in so I took the leap of faith and started my career. It was the best decision I have ever made. I have been in therapy since I was 15 and it has taught me that all human beings will face obstacles in life and it’s not the obstacles but how we meet those obstacles that really helps us along our journey. I have worked in an outpatient agency, an elementary school, and private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process is a generic process of getting to know the client. Progress doesn't "look" like anything; it is more of a feeling or lack thereof. Situations that may have triggered something in the past may no longer be bothersome in the same way. I do give homework, but I also feel that it is the client's responsibility to want to do it. If their journey is about healing, the desire needs to come from them. I can guide them toward what I feel is appropriate but they need to do the rest. I like working with clients with anxiety.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I feel very blessed by my struggles and obstacles in life; they have allowed me to become more open-minded and patient with people around me as well as clients. My life experiences have shown me that you can not go through life without facing struggles; when one struggle ends, you will be faced with another. That’s the journey of life. Rather than fearing the struggles, we can learn how to meet them with acceptance and resilience.
“Rather than fearing the struggles, we can learn how to meet them with acceptance and resilience.”