“Without trust, therapy and healing cannot occur.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I decided to go back to school for clinical social work at the age of 25. Up until that time in my life, I had worked in many roles that I didn’t find any meaning or purpose in. After much time soul searching, I simply knew that becoming a therapist was the only thing that felt right. It often feels like therapy chose me, rather than the opposite.
What should someone know about working with you?
Trust is essential in building relationships. Without trust, therapy and healing cannot occur. It is with this principle in mind that I aim to earn your trust from our first encounter. My primary goal is to build the therapeutic relationship you need to assist you on your journey—one that enables a free flow of therapeutic communication. From there, we can work together to achieve your goals and lead you to clarity and healing.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration is often highly essential to ensuring that clients are receiving the best and most comprehensive services. Partnering with other professionals, such as psychiatrists, nurses, and nutritionists, can benefit both the client and the therapist. It allows us to both get the connection and support we need to achieve the best results. Additionally, working with supervisors, mentors, and colleagues can also keep a therapist balanced, and it widely increases their scopes of clarity in practice.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It’s normal to be ambivalent or uncertain about something you are unfamiliar with. It’s perfectly okay, and often even necessary as part of your journey of development. But everyone needs growth—and, often, the greatest opportunities are found in the greatest challenges. Therapy can provide both challenges and opportunities for development.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am eager to learn how virtual therapy can expand the therapeutic landscape both for people who previously had limited access and for me as a provider. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a rising demand for mental health services—and people need the ability to access them virtually from their homes. My goal is to be able to rise to this occasion and provide services wherever they are needed.
What interests you as a mental health professional?
I have a profound interest in the link between anxiety and attention. Through my own personal and professional experiences, I have often found that a person’s ability to regulate anxiety (or any uncomfortable feeling) is often equal to their ability to sustain their attention on the feeling long enough to understand how it works. Through the faculty of attention, we are able to objectively observe our own selves and the habits we unconsciously repeat. Once we are able to consciously see and understand our often dysfunctional tendencies and attempts to regulate uncomfortable feelings, healing can begin to occur.
“Everyone needs growth—and, often, the greatest opportunities are found in the greatest challenges.”