“My role is as a guide in an uncharted environment; I have a flashlight to illuminate the dark places and a net to make sure you don't fall.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I worked in the hospitality industry and always loved helping people, but that was never enough. I looked for more through a true and meaningful connection and started working in hospice. Here, I realized that — more often than not — we die the way we live and change has to come from within. I transitioned into creating a path for the living by providing opportunities for individuals who are curious about themselves, who want to be engaged in their lives, and who want to make choices rather than reactive passively.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that the client drives the process; we work as a team. My role is as a guide in an uncharted environment; I have a flashlight to illuminate the dark places and a net to make sure you don't fall. I have been working with individuals who have experienced trauma and, while each trauma is unique, traumatic events always have a long-lasting impact. I learn from my clients about resilience and teach them how to trust the world and themselves again.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a lifelong learner and, even when I can’t attend courses in person, there are always books and virtual classes available. I am very lucky that many of my friends are therapists and we often share new knowledge as well as experiences.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Honesty is a core value for me and it can only be achieved in a supportive and safe environment. I strive to create a space where clients can be honest with me and themselves with no shame or guilt.
What therapeutic modalities do you specialize in?
I use both sandplay and EMDR (I am a certified EMDR specialist). From my experience, talk therapy is helpful for some people but it can also be used as a coping mechanism that hinders one’s ability to resolve pain. This is particularly true for individuals who tend to intellectualize.
“I learn from my clients about resilience and teach them how to trust the world and themselves again.”