“I try to be a "real" person in the room, and I take an active role in helping you achieve your therapeutic goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been incredibly curious about what factors shape us into who we are as individuals. I believe by gaining insight into how past experiences influence the way we relate to others, experience emotions, and respond to difficult life circumstances, we can begin to let go of ways of living that are no longer serving us. My own personal experience helped me understand how important it is to explore challenging topics in a supportive environment, and I aim to cultivate this sense of safety and warmth in my own practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
During our first session, I'll spend a bit more time talking than I normally do and will ask a number of questions so that I can better understand your personal history. My goal is to create a collaborative environment where you can talk openly and honestly about what you are struggling with so that I can help you make meaningful changes. I try to be a "real" person in the room (e.g., there will definitely be some lame jokes!), and I take an active role in helping you achieve your therapeutic goals. This means that, in addition to being a supportive listener, I will challenge you at times to look at things from a different perspective or to interact with your world in a new way.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I have found the normalization and proliferation of teletherapy to be incredible. Not only does it allow for a broader pool of therapists for clients to select from, but it also decreases barriers that often deter people from seeking therapy (e.g., having to commute to your therapist's office when you are already feeling tight on time). On top of these more practical matters, I have loved being able to get glimpses into clients' at-home lives and see how they exist in their own space. I also find the often unexpected "life moments" that we cannot experience in the therapy room, such as a family dog jumping on the sofa or a doorbell ringing, can create moments of levity that deepen the therapeutic relationship.
“This means that in addition to being a supportive listener, I will challenge you at times to look at things from a different perspective or to interact with your world in a new way.”