“I am currently in an applied Jungian analysis program.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always knew that I wanted to heal people, but I did not plan to become a therapist. In my young adult years, I experienced serious systematic hardships that strengthened my capacity for empathy and active listening. During this time, I wanted to understand people's internal motivations, which was also a way of understanding myself and becoming more self-aware. Psychoanalysis was my first introduction to this intention and reading about psychology healed my own wounds. When I transitioned into private practice after working with evidence-based practices (CBT and motivational interviewing) at the beginning of my career, I received supervision and continuing education in psychodynamic theory. From this experience, I not only learned theory, but I also learned valuable lessons about the power of human connection, transparency, and emotions to affect long-lasting change.
What should someone know about working with you?
My style of counseling incorporates emotional release and strengths-based dialogue. During the initial intake, I create a space for clients to express their concerns, desires, and intentions. I may ask leading questions to facilitate this process or the client can lead the session with the goal of building trust and transparency starting with this first session. After the intake, the client primarily leads the sessions in order for them to direct their attention toward their desired focus. Clients who are the most engaged in this therapeutic style are curious about themselves and would like to courageously pursue their own personal happiness.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently in an applied Jungian analysis program. I love the application of dream analysis, archetypal symbology, spirituality, and religion in the therapeutic setting. I'm participating in this program because I believe the foundation of mental health is self-esteem and self-efficacy. Programs such as these delve into self-awareness and a positive, strengths-based dialogue that reframes the self.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, and sexuality are important aspects of an individual's identity. Through the use of psychoanalytic theories, such as Jungian analysis, the collective unconscious, and dreamwork, we explore the generational patterns that support your identity. In my clinical approach, I support clients in integrating these aspects of their identity into their conscious awareness. A greater sense of self-awareness has remarkable influences on wellbeing because we all have the innate ability to transcend our sufferings and heal.
“I love the application of dream analysis, archetypal symbology, spirituality, and religion in the therapeutic setting. I'm participating in this program because I believe the foundation of mental health is self-esteem and self-efficacy.”