“My work is based on the relationship my client and I develop and I aim to empower the client to the highest possible degree.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since high school, I aimed to be an architect, following my dad's footsteps. I studied art, interior design, drafting, electrical, and mechanical systems, and yet I always found more enjoyment in the interpersonal connections and rapport I built with fellow drafting technicians, plan examiners, and site inspectors. Our talks often flowed from discussing architectural blueprints to exploring the architecture of the mind and soul. This was a big — albeit suppressed — sign!
Psychotherapy as a vocation called me in my early 30s, an organic paradigm shift following a series of personal breakdowns, breakthroughs, and ultimate personal discovery.
I was ushered by caring counselors and therapists into a new, integrated sense of myself as I reconciled inner conflicts, removed blocks, and aligned my innermost passions and values with a life purpose. My best decision was answering the call to pursue mastery of the blueprints of the human condition, consciousness, emotions, and behavior.
What should someone know about working with you?
I love humans and love the architecture of our minds, seeking and making meaning, repairing trauma, and integrating all of life's experiences — the deepest pains and highest of joys — into a coherent and fulfilling sense of oneself. My work is based on the relationship my client and I develop and I aim to empower the client to the highest possible degree. I offer psychological education while rolling up my sleeves and fearlessly escorting you to the most challenging places in the psyche. Together, we decipher your unique design features and bugs and make appropriate revisions. Likewise, I enjoy coaching-style counseling and supporting people in personal development, reaching their potential, and self-actualizing. My work differs with each client as I customize the approach, pace, and clinical orientation to meet the individual's personality and learning style. However, I always deliver my unwavering optimism, empathic, and strength-based feedback, unconditional dignity, and positive regard.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Way beyond required continuing education credits, I regularly choose to read relevant literature and complete interesting training, workshops, and webinars. I enjoy participating in up-to-date discussions and exploring the latest theories and techniques. In addition to social work and psychology, I find that my interests in philosophy, spirituality, metaphysics, and neuroscience significantly enhance my practice and deepen my capacity to conceptualize and empathize with a wide variety of experiences and phenomena people describe. As competent as I may feel, I remain open-minded and teachable and — in particular — I regard clients as experts on their own lives and experiences. I gain knowledge from books and seminars, but I gain wisdom only upon truly listening, understanding, and honoring the stories people share.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Everyone deserves to be heard and to receive support and guidance. Certain obstacles to therapy still remain, yet we can celebrate the progress and strides being made. It's great to see therapy, counseling, and coaching become more commonplace and less stigmatized. I am excited to see more and more people trying out therapy with online teletherapy options becoming available. That means a greater number and variety of individuals can have access to confidential, caring, and meaningful support. Lives can be improved and saved! I recognize in each person who has a positive experience with a mental health professional the reverberations and positive impact this has on their relationship(s), family, community, etc. It's a big deal!
“I offer psychological education while rolling up my sleeves and fearlessly escorting you to the most challenging places in the psyche.”