“I like to take a collaborative approach and allow my client to be the leader in deciding what works and what doesn’t work for them in treatment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew I wanted to help other people from a young age. As a kid and teenager, I struggled with shyness, self-esteem issues, and depression. A lot of the time, I felt like I was alone and like I was not heard. Since then, my goal in life has been to help others feel like they are not alone and they are heard no matter the issue. I believe in treating the whole person; the body and mind are connected, therefore both should be treated. On top of being a therapist, I am also a personal trainer. I use many different approaches, including DBT, CBT, mindfulness techniques, art therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. I think every individual is unique, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like to speak to each client for a few minutes via phone to make sure that I am the right fit for them. I then move on to scheduling the first session, which consists of me asking questions and getting to know my client and their goals for treatment. I like to take a collaborative approach and allow my client to be the leader in deciding what works and what doesn’t work for them in treatment. I want to help anyone who is willing to put in the work in and out of session. I like to have my clients set small goals in between sessions and review them the following session as a way of assisting their healing process.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was taught to be kind because you never know what someone else is going through. This value has allowed me to be more empathetic and it taught me to always be curious. From a young age, I was always interested in different cultures. I make sure to take time to look at everyone’s perspectives and check my own judgments. I am constantly learning about different cultures to make sure others feel comfortable and welcomed when they come see me for therapy.
“I want to help anyone who is willing to put in the work in and out of session.”