“With empathy, warmth, and a healthy dose of humor, I show up authentically to each session so you feel more comfortable in doing the same.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Witnessing friends in crisis during my adolescence taught me to simply be present for people when I couldn’t offer any words of advice, to have empathy for experiences I couldn’t relate to, to sit in the muck with them no matter how unpleasant, and to establish boundaries so I could continue to show up for them. Bearing witness to these struggles provided me with a window into the mental health crisis and what it takes to help people feel seen. I knew I wanted to support people in a clinical capacity, but my interest shifted from medicine to psychology during my undergraduate experience at Tulane University. Living with and working through my own challenges with anxiety, ADHD, and transitional life stressors has made me acutely aware of just how draining mental health struggles can be. I recognize the strength it can take to invite a stranger into your world and I am grateful to be able to connect with and support each of my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
With empathy, warmth, and a healthy dose of humor, I show up authentically to each session so you feel more comfortable in doing the same. I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to mental health care, so I prioritize getting to know YOU (your interests, your strengths, your challenges, your values, your experience with therapy, and your goals both in and outside of therapy) in order to determine how to best support you. Together, we’ll identify your treatment goals and work toward them through a customized integration of evidence-based practices, including art therapy, cognitive behavioral, humanistic, strengths-based, and mindfulness techniques. I find the best outcomes are achieved in dynamics where you feel validated, supported, and even a bit challenged. While effective therapy entails inner work, structure, and consistency, I like to meet my clients where they are and maintain a flexible and relaxed environment to support their changing needs and goals.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It’s been amazing to see so many celebrities and influential figures using their media presence and social platforms for mental health advocacy and awareness. Many celebrities, influencers, and young people are talking about their personal mental health journeys, further normalizing the conversation and reducing the stigma around mental health. I love seeing a growing awareness regarding the value of therapy, not only for people in crisis but for anyone interested in personal development. Greater accessibility to quality mental health care, particularly with respect to the rise of telehealth and workplace wellness initiatives, is very exciting as well.
What would you say to someone who is hesitant about seeking therapy?
You don’t have to wait until you’re struggling to seek therapy, but with that said, it’s never too late to get support. It can be tough to take the leap and invite someone into your world, but the potential for growth is tremendous when you’re committed to doing the work. There’s so much value in carving out time each week to show up for yourself and whatever you’re currently dealing with. Your therapist is there to support you and values your feedback. If you haven’t found the right therapist for you, don’t be discouraged. Not everyone will be for you and that’s okay. Finding a therapist is a lot like shopping for a pair of shoes — many will fit, but you’ll want to choose one who feels comfortable, aligns with your style, and can support you in getting where you want to go. Establishing trust with your therapist takes time, but you’ll know if your therapist is a good fit within the first few sessions.
“I find the best outcomes are achieved in dynamics where you feel validated, supported, and even a bit challenged.”