“Sometimes it feels like I have X-ray vision when I’m working with someone—I can very clearly see the issues that are in the way of them having better experiences in life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been a people person. People have always confided in me—when I ride in taxis, the drivers often tell me their life stories. I originally had a position in sales and was very successful, but it quickly became clear to me that I wanted to do something that would make a positive difference in the world. That was when I went back to school for my social work degree. I am always learning and looking for new, effective modalities.
What should someone know about working with you?
In our work together, I will do everything I can to make sure my clients feel safe. I have tremendous compassion for people and their struggles, and I understand that everyone is doing the best they can in the moment. Life is not easy—it’s more like a full-contact sport. We all have deep feelings of brokenness, of not being enough, and we cover those up with shame. I work with my clients to dissolve these painful experiences and uncover the good, so they can experience the “whole,” healthy person underneath it all. Sometimes it feels like I have X-ray vision when I’m working with someone—I can very clearly see the issues that are in the way of them having better experiences in life.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Throughout my career, I have collaborated with many other practitioners. It is my experience that chipping away at an issue from different angles can be very effective—and I use everything I can to get the most leverage from different modalities. I have collaborated with doctors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, homeopaths, spiritual advisors, nutritionists, bodyworkers, and more. I have seen very clearly that a multifaceted approach has a synergistic effect and is often more effective than just one single approach. I am happy to include anything that works for my clients.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Starting therapy can be scary. We are afraid we will have to change our lives, make changes we are unwilling to make, and discover things we would rather keep hidden. Unfortunately, people usually wait until they feel they can’t take it anymore before reaching out to a therapist. Therapy doesn’t have to be scary—it’s simply a vote for yourself. It’s a stand for how much you matter. So much of the time, we feel compelled to put on a good face. Good therapy gives you an opportunity to get in touch with your true self and live a more authentic life that’s in alignment with who you truly are.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It used to be that talk therapy and medication were the only methods of psychotherapy used. Over time, many more effective modalities have become available and I have experienced and learned many of these approaches. Different approaches work for different people, different practitioners work for different people, and I am very grateful that there are so many more options available that can bring relief.
“Therapy doesn’t have to be scary—it’s simply a vote for yourself.”