“I want to work with clients who understand that they can be successful using self-compassion, humor, and nonjudgmental self-talk to meet their goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, friends and family often confided in me about their issues, struggles, and difficulty dealing with life transitions. This inspired me to become a psychotherapist so that I could channel my ability and develop the skills necessary to help people in a professional manner. While in college, I worked as a preschool teacher, which taught me how to connect with people on an individual level, communicate with parents, collaborate with coworkers, and inspire four-year-old students. Working at a mental health clinic and private practice has afforded me the opportunity to work with a varied population, showing me that people are similar at their core and trying their best no matter their background. By observing the whole picture of what my client brings into therapy, I am able to use a nonjudgmental lens, which guides our therapeutic starting point. This also allows me to impart the importance of self-compassion and drive change. I specialize in CBT, REBT, and trauma-informed work.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process allows me to build a working picture of what my client is dealing with so I can meet them where they are and use appropriate therapeutic tools to meet their needs. I use compassion and my sense of humor to assist with what can appear to be daunting tasks of change and growth. I believe that the foundation of growth is appreciating that progress is not linear and can look like a crisscross pattern or diagonal line. I want to work with clients who understand that they can be successful using self-compassion, humor, and nonjudgmental self-talk to meet their goals.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My emphasis on self-compassion shapes the way I help clients heal from shame and guilt. People often think the way to change is to be harsh on themselves — acting like an authoritative parent or maintaining an overly restrictive diet — or they think they are not entitled to feel joy. However, looking at change through the lens of self-compassion allows us to be accountable to ourselves. Using nonjudgmental self-talk, we can heal the way we view ourselves, our friends, our family, and the world.
“My emphasis on self-compassion shapes the way I help clients heal from shame and guilt.”