“My sessions are usually structured and I give homework, while still flexible in case we need to change topics.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been a therapist for over 10 years. Since high school, people have come to me to talk about their problems and seek advice. My family members were often baffled that adults would seek guidance from someone my age. But I understood people and the challenges within. I pursued social work when I went to college, as it seemed like the perfect career for me.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am very warm and inviting. I believe that the first session should be informal enough for the client to feel relaxed, comfortable, and like they can be themselves. My sessions are usually structured and I give homework, while still flexible in case we need to change topics. I like to use strength-based and narrative therapy to directly help the client, while using cognitive behavioral therapy to empower them to help themselves.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I would advise clients to shop around and make sure they are comfortable with their therapist before making a commitment. I would also suggest they give it a few sessions and make up their minds only after they’ve had enough time to fully evaluate the situation. It’s important that people seek out therapists who specialize in their area of need.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the new way teletherapy gives previously unreachable people access to care and allows us to help those who really need it. I love that the flexibility allows clients to receive services from anywhere and that they don’t need to feel pressured into an office visit if they are not comfortable with that step. Thanks to technology, therapists and clients can work together via video chat, phone, computer, or tablet.
How do you combine different approaches to therapy?
I love strength-based approaches mixed with narrative therapy. Strength-based therapy allows the client to focus on their talents, coming from a positive place rather than one mired in weakness. Narrative therapy allows the client to openly communicate their previously internalized thoughts and feelings, which allows them to look at things through a different lens.
“It’s important that people seek out therapists who specialize in their area of need.”