“As an experienced therapist, I offer compassion, perspective, and sometimes gentle prodding to help you overcome challenges and create an enjoyable, fulfilling life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My passion for psychology began as a teenager and has never stopped. I’ve worked with adults of all ages, with a special focus on elders and their family members. I’ve treated people with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues, those facing life transitions, and those seeking greater creative expression. I’ve been fortunate enough to assist clients from many different countries and walks of life. We all need someone to lean on. From my perspective, the world would be a better place if mental health were a top priority. Since I can’t change the world, I try to do my part by attending to my own wellbeing, by assisting those who seek my help, and by writing and speaking about mental health. My core philosophy is that we’re all trying to do our best but often we don’t have the emotional tools we need to manage our current situation. As an experienced therapist, I offer compassion, perspective, and sometimes gentle prodding to help you overcome challenges and create an enjoyable, fulfilling life.
What should someone know about working with you?
I view my role of a psychologist as that of a trustworthy partner who helps you live your best life. Whether this requires brief assistance working through a problem or a longer period of exploring how the past is affecting your relationships or outlook, therapy always involves creating a safe, nurturing space that encourages you to look at yourself with compassion and the understanding that we deal with our issues when we become ready. I use an integrative approach to therapy, tailoring my style to the needs of each client. I sometimes offer homework or suggestions. When you have a partner to help you work on problems, there's usually an immediate sense of relief. As new behaviors generate better results, you feel great satisfaction in making changes that previously felt impossible. Those who are ready to release past burdens will find a knowledgeable, caring guide for the process of wading through these experiences and emotions to find hope, confidence, and contentment.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited about the ability of telehealth to bring services to people who might have been unable to access in-person therapy for various reasons. Telehealth is easier to fit into busy lifestyles and can allow for connection when travel is difficult or impossible. I follow the research on a variety of subjects, particularly the mind-body connection, the impact exercise and food have on our emotional state, sleep hygiene, and stress management techniques. I try to incorporate what I learn into my own life as much as possible so that I’m walking the walk and not just talking the talk.
“I view my role of a psychologist as that of a trustworthy partner who helps you live your best life.”