“You don’t need to wait until you feel you’ve hit rock bottom to start.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I’ve always been interested in mental health and sociopolitical issues, and clinical social work combines both. Like many other therapists, I’ve also had my own journey of growth and healing, particularly in my teens and early twenties. After working in a few settings as a clinical supervisor, I decided to start my own therapy practice geared towards millennials. In addition to my training, I have personal experience navigating many of the challenges our generation faces, and I know we don’t easily find the help we need. In this high-pressure culture, many of us are anxious, running on autopilot, and neglecting our emotional selves. Through our work together, my clients learn that if they slow down and take care of themselves, they can do and be so much more.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
On TV you may see therapists depicted as cold and robotic, but you can rest assured that’s not true to reality. If we work together, you’ll be talking to a human, and my personality is warm, compassionate, and curious. In our first few meetings, I’ll be gathering a lot of information—not just about your current concerns and history, but also about your strengths, values, and vision. In my practice I incorporate different types of therapy, including CBT, ACT, EMDR, and psychodynamic techniques. I believe it’s important for clients to gain concrete skills and tools to effect change, while also learning deeply about themselves over time.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I’ve regularly participated in interdisciplinary teamwork since I first started in the field and I’ve learned a lot from these conversations. Working with other service providers helps us all to tailor our services to best meet your needs. With your permission, I am happy to collaborate with your psychiatrist, medical doctor, nutritionist, or anyone else who may be working with you. At any point, I can also refer you to additional providers or resources if we agree they would support your therapeutic goals.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
That it’s normal to be hesitant or ambivalent! A lot of people think their concerns need to reach a certain level of severity to warrant seeking help. For others, it may be hard to fit in another weekly commitment. The truth is that the people who are the busiest often have a lot to gain from therapy. It involves setting aside a very small amount of time each week when you get to prioritize yourself, your needs, and your growth. People come to therapy for all kinds of reasons and at all different stages in life. You don’t need to wait until you feel you’ve hit rock bottom to start.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
I’ve been excited to see more people and institutions embracing trauma-informed care. In a trauma-informed approach, we are not asking what’s “wrong” with people, but are curious about what happened to them. We recognize how people’s life experiences have affected them, including the role of systemic oppression. And we respond with best practices, with an emphasis on safety, collaboration, and empowerment. For most organizations, trauma-informed care represents a huge culture shift. But it’s worth every effort, and it really gives me hope.
“Through our work together, my clients learn that if they slow down and take care of themselves, they can do and be so much more.”