“Facing uncomfortable symptoms and approaching the idea of change can be intimidating and I strive to act as a grounding force in that process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My passion to become a therapist was borne from witnessing people in my life struggle to understand and manage their mental health and emotional pain. This passion continues to drive my practice and my approach to clients. I enjoy the opportunity to learn about peoples’ stories, understand their paths, and help them navigate the challenge of managing their mental health. Facing uncomfortable symptoms and approaching the idea of change can be intimidating and I strive to act as a grounding force in that process.
What should someone know about working with you?
My primary goal in working with new clients is to help them build trust in our therapeutic relationship. Connecting with a new therapist can be intimidating so I do my best to take away the mystique of therapy and start by joining with them on a more personal level. I want to get a true understanding of why individuals are seeking help and what they hope to gain from the process of self-exploration and betterment. I do this by staying active in session, asking questions, helping clients identify goals, and sharing laughs when we can.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The broad acceptance and utilization of teletherapy is something that I believe will change the overall landscape of therapy long-term. Teletherapy removes so many of the traditional barriers that have stopped people from seeking treatment. Starting therapy from the comfort of your own home is a much more approachable way to begin the process and I believe this will improve access to mental health care for those who might have had insurmountable barriers to treatment in the past.
What would you tell someone who is hesitant about therapy?
I would tell them that entering therapy can seem like a leap of faith but if they want to change how they feel, they must try something different. If we sit alone with our thoughts for too long, we have no other perspective to weigh in and we start to believe that the thoughts must be true. Simply gaining an outside perspective, one that is delivered without judgment, can be an enlightening experience. Sometimes, working with a new therapist takes a bit of trial and error but I would encourage anyone reaching out for help to be honest about their needs and to believe that they deserve to feel their best.
“Connecting with a new therapist can be intimidating so I do my best to take away the mystique of therapy and start by joining with them on a more personal level.”