“I take all aspects of my client's history, background, culture, and personal identity as well as what they believe to be their issue of concern into consideration as we jointly define expected outcomes.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My child self had interest in becoming a doctor. But a degree in biochemistry led me to the corporate side of the healthcare industry and a completely different perspective on life! My first career helped to inform my idea that the effective treatment of medical conditions oftentimes requires addressing underlying emotional needs as well. This is where I saw a perfect fit for my innate nurturing abilities and my childhood ambitions and ignited my interest in pursuing a career as a therapist. Today, I apply a whole person approach to therapy. In addition to other necessary measures, I help clients uncover the underlying issues derived from unhelpful thoughts and limiting ideas that not only affect their emotional state but also serve as a hindrance to them leading meaningful and fulfilling lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
Applying a whole person approach to therapy requires that I get to know the client. I aim to provide a safe space where clients can be themselves completely. I extend unconditional positive regard without judgment and request open communication and honesty in an effort to build and strengthen our therapeutic alliance. I see these elements as key and the foundation upon which any success is to be achieved. I take all aspects of my client's history, background, culture, and personal identity as well as what they believe to be their issue of concern into consideration as we jointly define expected outcomes. Together, we will address the concerns, patterns, challenges, and opportunities and then problem-solve to arrive at the ultimate goal. I like working with clients who expect to benefit from the process and/or are willing to do the work necessary to get them to where they want to be.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I consider myself a lifelong learner and challenge myself to learn at least a little about as much as I can. But I do realize that I, like Jon Snow, know nothing (a Game of Thrones reference☺)! I am an avid reader of everything from lame social media posts and memes to classic novels, from textbooks on human development and abnormal psychology to journal articles and scientific studies on a range of topics. I collaborate with other therapists in the field who use approaches to therapy that differ from mine, and I am perpetually enrolled in continuing education courses that provide additional insights, tools, and techniques in support of my efforts to provide care for my current and potential clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited that technology is helping to make therapy become more available to more people who previously did not have (easy) access to it. I’m also encouraged that there is an ongoing national and global conversation about the importance of mental health care and that seeking help to address concerns is the way to preserve overall wellness.
“I like working with clients who expect to benefit from the process and/or are willing to do the work necessary to get them to where they want to be.”