“The most important thing I want you to know is that, even though I do possess experience and knowledge of interventions that can help you in your healing, I do not consider myself the expert; I am continually humbled by my work and consider my clients some of my greatest teachers.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve always been a deep thinker and fascinated by the unanswerable questions: What is our purpose, why are we here, and why do we suffer? I’ve been a seeker of knowledge from an early age, continually striving to find the answers to these questions through literature, art, philosophy, and the study of sociology and psychology. My interest was not purely intellectual, however; in my heart, I was — and continue to be — driven by the desire to heal and give back to others. In pursuing a career as a social worker and therapist, I discovered that I could integrate my interest in deep inquiry with my passion for helping others. I consider being a therapist a tremendous honor, gift, and continual source of growth and learning.
What should someone know about working with you?
My style is very warm, collaborative, and nonjudgmental; I believe in building a strong therapeutic bond together through which I can support you while also thoughtfully nudging you toward change. I’m interested in learning about you as a whole person, including your past, your upbringing, your relationships, and your present challenges. My practice is culturally, spiritually, Poly/ENM and LGBTQIA+ affirming; I am committed to providing culturally-competent care that is inclusive of all lived experiences. The most important thing I want you to know is that, even though I do possess experience and knowledge of interventions that can help you in your healing, I do not consider myself the expert; I am continually humbled by my work and consider my clients some of my greatest teachers. Through the therapy process, I hope to help empower you to see yourself as your own best expert, helper, and healer.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I consider myself a perennial learner and I’m constantly seeking ways to educate myself and better inform my practice. I’m currently enrolled in a year-long study of self-psychology and I’ve obtained rigorous training in cognitive behavioral therapy as well as trauma-informed interventions. As a certified clinical anxiety treatment professional, I regularly engage in workshops and training on contemporary strategies for treating anxiety in order to stay informed of current evidence-based research. I also engage in weekly supervision and routine peer supervision to obtain guidance on providing the best care possible for my clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am so fascinated by the contributions neuroscience and neuropsychology have made in therapy, particularly as they pertain to anxiety and trauma. I frequently educate my clients about the nervous system, brain anatomy, and concepts like neuroplasticity as a part of treatment. The more we learn about neuroplasticity, the more we can understand that the brain is not a fixed, rigid structure, but rather a flexible and evolving system. I find this to be so incredibly exciting, destigmatizing, and deeply empowering. Therapy can literally help change your brain!
“Through the therapy process, I hope to help empower you to see yourself as your own best expert, helper, and healer.”