“I believe in goal-oriented therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I have always had an interest in understanding human behavior and motivation. Helping others grow and reach their goals has been the deepest source of fulfillment in my professional life. I’m also fascinated by the sheer diversity of human nature, and hold deep respect for how different each person’s views and approaches can be to the same issue. Being able to work with such diversity means I’m always engaged and challenged in my work with my clients.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I believe in goal-oriented therapy. Early in our work together we will strive to identify specific things you want to change in your life, so we can evaluate along the way whether our strategies are working or need to be tweaked. Having said that, I believe it is important to remain flexible and allow space in therapy for exploration, as we might not be fully aware of how certain things affect our lives at the beginning of therapy. I also believe everyone should be an active participant in their journey towards the life that they want, rather than a “patient” receiving treatment. My role is to offer my expertise as you find your way towards your own goals.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
Research has shown, time and time again, that integrated care leads to the best outcomes. I am very open to collaborating with other providers as long as the client understands and is okay with doing so.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy what would they be and why?
On Becoming a Person by Carl Rogers and Cognitive Behavior Therapy by Judith Beck.
Is there any research-based work you’ve done that you found particularly exciting and how has that informed your practice today?
During my graduate training I had the opportunity to work as a research therapist for a mindfulness based treatment aimed at helping people who were having problematic behaviors such as addiction, angry outbursts and self injury. This was a fantastic introduction to the world of mindfulness, something I integrate into my work with most clients.
“I believe everyone should be an active participant in their journey towards the life that they want, rather than a “patient” receiving treatment.”