“I strongly believe that no matter where you are in your journey, there is room to grow, evolve, and enhance your life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
From a young age, I’ve felt passionate about people, connection, and engaging in meaningful relationships. I spent summers working as a counselor at a Children’s Aid Society camp with adolescents from the inner city. Tuning into my own power and finding joy in supporting others through these experiences led me to a career in the helping profession. It was during graduate school that my passion for working with women began. Growing up in a family full of strong and empowered women, it’s no surprise that I have devoted much of my career to creating space for women to connect, feel supported, and thrive. I launched the Young Women’s Network as a space to provide support and education to young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Through these experiences, I’ve developed a clinical focus, passion, and expertise in women’s issues which deeply informs my work and practice.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I strongly believe that no matter where you are in your journey, there is room to grow, evolve, and enhance your life. Using a variety of therapeutic techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and support of the mind-body connection, I tailor treatment to each individual. Together, we will look at methods to gently enhance the ways in which you care for yourself—and strive to create balance, fulfillment, and lasting change in your life. This process starts in the first session, where we will begin to develop an authentic and genuine therapeutic connection. We will collaborate and identify what you hope to accomplish in therapy through exploring goals and creating space to process the past, present, and future. As you evolve, our work will evolve.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I believe that each client is multifaceted and brings various experiences, needs, and desires to the therapeutic space. Since I see clients through a holistic lens, I encourage multidisciplinary collaboration and know that this enhances the therapeutic process. Creating relationships with experts in various fields and bringing this into session will solidify the lasting change I am helping my clients achieve. Over the course of my career, I have learned the power of consulting and processing with other professionals. In order to continue to evolve and grow as a practitioner, I am devoted to learning through working with advisors and other mental health care providers.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
In our world, it can feel like no matter how fast we walk and how much we fit into our schedules, it never feels like we have the time to breathe or process what we’re doing. Social media, technology, and overall societal pressures leave many of us feeling that no matter what, we’re not doing enough. So, our schedules grow busier, we squeeze in our self-care before or after work (if we’re lucky), and by the end of the week, we’re exhausted and unfulfilled. However, and this is a big however, therapy is not only a place to hit pause—it is also a huge investment in yourself and your capacity to bring meaning and fulfillment into every aspect of your life. Therapy isn’t simply one more appointment that you need to check off, but instead a place for you to find the time and meaning you’ve been craving.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
I think that there is a misconception of what therapy looks like and who it is for. I am here to reframe that story. Not everyone who walks in the door feels overwhelmed or unable to cope. People enter into therapy for all kinds of reasons—with all different capacities of coping and in all different phases of their lives. It’s important to understand that therapy is an investment in yourself and your well-being. Just as we try to be healthy by eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep, therapy is yet another way to heal and thrive.
“Therapy is not only a place to hit pause—it is also a huge investment in yourself and your capacity to bring meaning and fulfillment into every aspect of your life.”