“As a therapist, my goal is to help my clients feel positive, hopeful, and empowered whether that be through using evidence-based interventions or meeting people where they are by creatively integrating their interests and passions in our work.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began in college where I sought out therapy after facing my own mental health challenges. It was through my own personal experience that I learned to be more aware of my feelings, to figure out ways that allowed me to feel more like myself again, and to ultimately realize that I wanted to pursue a career as a therapist and help others in this way. Studying psychology and clinical social work allowed me to learn how our past experiences shape who we are as people and how we see the world around us. As a therapist, my goal is to help my clients feel positive, hopeful, and empowered whether that be through using evidence-based interventions or meeting people where they are by creatively integrating their interests and passions in our work. My career as a social worker has provided me with professional experience in the nonprofit space as well as in private practice, all of which shape my collaborative approach when working with clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
Working with me as a therapist should be fun, fulfilling, and definitely not feel like a chore. In the first few sessions, I spend time getting to know my client, their general history, and what is most important to them when it comes to treatment. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is the foundation for working toward and achieving therapeutic goals. Therapy with me is a collaborative process and I want any clients who work with me to feel that they are heard and supported. Throughout the therapy process, we will explore both the highs and lows, whether that be through identifying thought patterns, behavioral patterns, or self-care and coping skills. I'm a firm believer that healing is not linear and acknowledging the good is equally important to living your best life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a mental health provider, I participate in continuing education trainings and opportunities to learn and build my practice. Staying up-to-date with new research and therapeutic approaches is something that keeps me grounded and motivated. The field of mental health is always growing and, as therapists, we must also evolve to be able to provide the best treatment for the clients we work with.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The conversation and culture surrounding the mental health landscape is slowly but surely starting to shift. Although the stigma surrounding mental health care still exists, people are starting to feel more comfortable with seeking treatment and having honest and real conversations with others about it. As a therapist, it's exciting to see that we as a society are working to become better versions of ourselves. It's equally exciting to be able to see major brands and celebrities provide platforms for mental health awareness and open dialogues on this topic. This visibility pushes the conversation forward, letting everyone know that we are not alone and it's simply okay to feel all of the feels.
“Therapy with me is a collaborative process and I want any clients who work with me to feel that they are heard and supported.”