“I work best with clients who are puzzled about themselves and want to grow.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I majored in math in college but I switched to psychology because I wanted to work with people. At first, I went this direction because I was curious about what made people tick (especially my family and myself). However, once I began to work with others, I developed strong feelings of admiration for how people struggled against heavy odds. I have worked on inpatient units, which has given me a feeling for severe pathology. I internalized Sullivan's statement, "We are all more human than otherwise." I have attended several workshops (such as Gestalt and emotionally-focused therapy) and have trained in Ericksonian Hypnosis. Currently, I am learning about internal family systems therapy. My interests are eclectic but I always return to the individual in front of me. Every person is a world unto himself and needs to be treated as such. My work is shaped by empathy and an ongoing respect for the individual client.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a very involved therapist and I do not maintain a one-up position in therapy. I can be very funny but take my work seriously. I work best with clients who are puzzled about themselves and want to grow. Diagnosis is not a major factor here and I have worked with schizophrenics as well as the "worried well.” I do not usually give homework but may from time to time offer suggestions. From the beginning, I’ve worked as a therapist so intake may not be very different from ongoing work.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I constantly attend workshops and I have a specific interest in internal family systems.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe in the potential of human beings to grow. I think people are doing the best they can. Based on these principles, I can be nonjudgmental and empathic.
What are your best strengths as a therapist?
My dedication to my clients (which borders on stubbornness), my humor, and my emotional warmth are my greatest strengths as a therapist.
“My dedication to my clients (which borders on stubbornness), my humor, and my emotional warmth are my greatest strengths as a therapist.”