“My style involves working with you step-by-step at your own pace to really dig deep in discovering where you want to be and what is blocking you from getting there.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became interested in becoming a therapist in college over ten years ago and have been practicing therapy for the last six years. I’ve always had a strong intellectual curiosity in understanding human emotion and behavior and I have a high level of empathy with strong listening skills. I believe that social norms and messaging can be very constraining and prevent people from developing into their ideal self. I think that anxiety and depression are as much a societal issue as an individual issue and I am passionate about helping people to better understand themselves, accept themselves, and increase their own fulfillment.
What should someone know about working with you?
My style involves working with you step-by-step at your own pace to really dig deep in discovering where you want to be and what is blocking you from getting there. I am interactive in session and provide structure, education, assignments, and feedback while maintaining flexibility in adapting to what you need. Together, we will establish collaborative goals that are well thought out and set you up for success. I am passionate about helping with both symptom relief and personal growth. We will review your goals at least every three months to ensure that we are making measurable progress.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Many of the clients I work with in my practice are new to therapy or have had limited experience with therapy. What I often hear them say is that the very act of taking that first step towards therapy and towards bettering themselves leads to positive feelings. The initial session can be very cathartic, allowing you to get things off your chest. I acknowledge that opening up at all or opening up to someone you don’t know can be intimidating. But, while it may feel a little uncomfortable at first, it gets more comfortable over time. Think about why you are considering therapy and the possible consequences if you continue on your current path. Most people who engage in therapy find they learn a lot about themselves and change their thinking and behaviors in a way that changes their lives. Remember, you can always change your mind or change therapists if it is not a good fit.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very passionate about destigmatizing therapy for men. Just acknowledging that you need help and are considering therapy might be a very uncomfortable step for you as a male. Men often take on a lot of pressure to figure things out themselves and expressing emotion that acknowledges need is often frowned upon by society. It's difficult to seek help when there is so much pressure to be macho and live up to the societal definition of what a man is. As a male, you may wish to better understand what you are feeling and express those feelings. You may not have a lot of people or any people you feel comfortable sharing your feelings with and you may feel irritable or lash out because you haven't been able to express yourself. I’m here to help you manage the struggle of societal pressure.
How do you support clients struggling with anxiety?
I start off by assessing the context and intensity of your anxiety and how it is currently affecting your life. I will help you better understand and break down the main sources of your anxiety while teaching you how to use relaxation strategies. I will also help you change thoughts and practice new behaviors. We will collaboratively develop weekly assignments for you to work on, which helps everything feel less overwhelming.
“I am interactive in session and provide structure, education, assignments, and feedback while maintaining flexibility in adapting to what you need.”