“I am fortunate to have met so many clients from different walks of life and who have taught me so much.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For a long time, I knew that my career would involve helping others in some way. I had an opportunity to join a friend working at a non-profit supporting the poor and homeless, and soon after was asked to mentor young adults in an inpatient drug rehabilitation program. I found that talking to people and offering encouragement energized me. Soon after, I decided to pursue a career as a professional counselor. Today, I'm grateful for the privilege to be able to help others.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that the therapeutic process should be collaborative. It works best when care and trust have been established. It's my goal to create an environment where the client feels comfortable and understood. Through acceptance and caring, they can explore themselves freely and honestly and have the comfort they need to be their true selves. I encourage clients to ask questions to better understand the therapeutic process, and will often assign homework.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I am fortunate to have met so many clients from different walks of life and who have taught me so much. Still, collaboration with other professionals gives me the ability to expand my understanding of care. Colleagues bring ideas to the table based on their own research, their own experiences, and those of their clients. Their input is always a valuable tool that allows me to learn and grow as a professional.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It is understandable that people would be hesitant to initiate therapy. It is within our nature to want to solve our problems on our own. Yet when we put off support, we often spend years leading unhappy or unfulfilled lives when that doesn't need to be the case. We don’t get to go back in time and we can't re-do things. When we neglect to address our problems and make improvements, we are wasting precious moments that could be spent in more useful and enjoyable ways. Therapy enables us to live our lives to the fullest without regret.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I see that many younger people are realizing the importance of mental health. While adults of all ages are seeking to improve their lives, more young adults are realizing that life is meant to be enjoyed and that they can seek help in removing barriers. It is great to see that so many people are prioritizing their mental health and working to erase the stigma that has existed for so long.
“Therapy enables us to live our lives to the fullest without regret.”