“Safety, comfort, and ongoing encouragement are essential in my work and I am able to adjust my therapeutic style based on the client’s needs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been drawn to nature and felt a great connection to all living beings. In search of deeper meaning, I explored subjects such as perception, philosophy, history, anthropology, sociology, and animal behavior, which helped me gain insight into human behavior. Exploring philosophies and practices of various religions shaped my spiritual constructs and they have been integrated into my life and practice ever since. Before switching to private practice, I held a supervisory position in a community mental health clinic where I supervised master level clinicians as well as provided individual, family, and group therapy. Through my work, I’ve discovered that so many of those seeking therapy in order to solve a particular problem are also searching for a deeper understanding, connection, and acceptance. It is through that connection, combined with skills and adaptive behaviors, that I’ve seen real characterological growth take place.
What should someone know about working with you?
Safety, comfort, and ongoing encouragement are essential in my work and I am able to adjust my therapeutic style based on the client’s needs. I help clients work toward goals, positive habits, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and mindfulness. I use an insight-oriented approach, focusing on discovering and adjusting patterns in emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in order to gain insight into the current self. I work with adults, teens, and families, helping them adjust and thrive in their environments.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I use daily mindfulness practice to deepen my work. I also engage in continuing education courses and programs in order to improve my practice.
What concept do you often use in your practice?
What determines our reality is not just the events that we go through. Our interpretation of these events, our reaction to these interpretations, and the meaning we create in the process are what truly shapes our experience.
“I help clients work toward goals, positive habits, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and mindfulness.”