“What makes me a great therapist is my personality, my positive outlook, and my passion for helping (combined with years of experience in doing so).”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Psychotherapy is my third career, but the first two truly contributed to my experience of working with people on a compassionate level. I have experienced a series of personal challenges that have given me a desire to help others navigate their tough circumstances. I have experience with many mental and behavioral challenges but also a desire to help those who are marginalized and/or underserved. What makes me a great therapist is my personality, my positive outlook, and my passion for helping (combined with years of experience in doing so). I have specialized training in trauma (EMDR and DBT) and substance use treatment (motivational interviewing and DBT). My identity as a gay man and my deep religious roots (Christian) have enabled me to help a widely diverse group of people over the years.
What should someone know about working with you?
When I see a new person for therapy, I like to get to know them well. I believe that building a rapport and therapeutic alliance is most important to working together on the person’s goals. Progress is measured by the person’s ability to assimilate and adapt through the therapeutic process. I believe that homework can be helpful for some people but I do not use this strategy with every person. Every person is an individual with unique needs and personalities, which need to be considered in the course of treatment. One blanket treatment does not work for every single person on the planet. Tailoring the course of action is always the best idea. The person should always be driving their treatment and focused on their unique needs.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The evolving mental health landscape is exciting because it means that more people may be able to access the help that they need. For one, we have so much more information than we did even a decade or two ago thanks to the internet. It enables professionals to provide the most up-to-date information, treatment, and care to our clients. A big problem currently in mental health is accessibility. Not enough people are able to get their needs met due to many factors, but teletherapy is helping alleviate and mitigate this systemic problem. Teletherapy seems to be great for many reasons, including accessibility, the ability to be utilized during a pandemic and many other disasters, and reaching people who otherwise might be unreachable via traditional methods.
“My identity as a gay man and my deep religious roots (Christian) have enabled me to help a widely diverse group of people over the years.”