“I take a nonjudgmental approach toward my clients and accept them as who they are, while also assisting them to become the people they want to be.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
As a young man, I identified that I was empathetic toward the struggles and problems of my fellow humans. I began counseling after returning home from the military and witnessing the impact that substance abuse was having in my community. I entered the field of substance abuse counseling and learned the basics of human behavior, therapeutic strategies, and approaches to assisting others in recovering from the impact their substance use had on their lives and the lives of their families. Eventually, I returned to school and obtained my associate’s, bachelor’s, and master's degrees in order to increase my skills and gain more knowledge and competence.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
In private practice, I like to take a hands-on approach in assisting my clients. I work with my clients to identify their presenting issues and set up goals and objectives to address or resolve their current crises. I work off the therapeutic relationship, which is based on two people working together to resolve the client’s issues in a timely manner. I take a nonjudgmental approach toward my clients and accept them as who they are, while also assisting them to become the people they want to be.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
The one thing I wish people would know about seeking therapy is that it doesn’t mean you’re flawed or that there’s something inherently wrong with you. Seeking therapy and guidance may be one of the smartest things that an adult, adolescent, or child can do when they are experiencing issues in their lives that can’t be resolved by their current coping mechanisms. In my practice, I focus on helping people help themselves and become better human beings in the process.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
Teletherapy to me is the most exciting and innovative way to assist people who may never go out of their homes or comfort zones to seek help or therapy. Through this new outlet, therapists like myself can now meet with our clients through a secure and safe video platform. In my opinion, having teletherapy as an option removes so many barriers keeping people out of therapy.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy, what would they be and why?
“The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion,” by Christopher Germer. In a time when social media makes us all feel like we need to be perfect, and dating apps create levels of bad behavior and feelings of rejection, it’s no wonder that we all feel as if we aren’t living up to our full potentials. When my clients tell me they want to work on being less anxious or depressed, this is my go-to book to start the process. A second book I recommend to patients is “As a Man Thinketh,” by James Allen. This book has influenced me in my practice by allowing me to understand the powerful influence of mental schemas on our daily behaviors and internal drives.
“Seeking therapy and guidance may be one of the smartest things that an adult, adolescent, or child can do when they are experiencing issues in their lives that can’t be resolved by their current coping mechanisms.”