“Our bodies often remember what our mind can’t hold.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In my previous career, I worked from a theological vantage point. I soon learned that I wanted to work with people to delve more deeply than theology would allow in order for them to be able to foster reflection and self-awareness. I wanted to create space for people to express themselves openly in a safe nonjudgmental space. The way I saw fit to do this was to become a psychotherapist. During my postgraduate training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, I learned that the heart of this work resides in the therapeutic relationship. Within this relationship, I listen closely to understand how a client’s past is affecting their present, and help them make the unconscious conscious so that psychic growth can more fully occur.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a very curious person and I have been told that my curiosity is contagious. It’s not uncommon for people I work with to become even more intrigued with their unique and fascinating lives. I consider myself to be a relational therapist, meaning that I encourage clients to speak freely about what’s on their mind. From there, I will make observations about what I’ve heard and together we will explore how to move forward. Clients drive, while I’m there to help navigate.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I believe there is a strong connection between the psyche and soma. Our bodies often remember what our mind can’t hold. It can be beneficial, particularly for people who have experienced trauma, to enlist the help of a talk therapist to work with their minds and an acupuncturist or yoga instructor to work with their bodies. I am happy to recommend providers or work collaboratively with providers you may already be seeing.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy is a gift to yourself. It’s a safe place to go where you won’t be judged, a place to be curious about yourself, and a place to explore things you may otherwise be hesitant to address.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am really optimistic about the emphasis on the healing aspects of the relationship between provider and client. Studies have shown that the treatment modality isn’t as important as the relationship between the people in the room — that seems to be the most effective form of healing. For me, transparency is crucial to establishing a trusting relationship. If a client works with other providers, like a psychiatrist or nutritionist, I will first obtain their permission to coordinate treatment. I’ll also always inform the client about what will be discussed and what was discussed.
“I am a very curious person and I have been told that my curiosity is contagious.”