“By identifying personal strengths and focusing on client-centered goals, together we address triggers, barriers, and stumbling blocks that have been in the way.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In my previous career in the nonprofit world, I traveled and saw firsthand some of the traumas that prevent people from living the lives they want and the lives they don’t know how to obtain. I wanted to better understand the barriers that stood in the way of personal growth and happiness. My work as a therapist allows me to meet my clients where they are; I’ll hold their hand, if need be, to get them where they want to go. By identifying personal strengths and focusing on client-centered goals, together we address triggers, barriers, and stumbling blocks that have been in the way.
What should someone know about working with you?
By looking at the ecological factors of one’s life, I can empathize and understand the issues they are facing. In order to be an effective helper, I have learned how to provide care that aims to stabilize and improve one’s behavioral and emotional health. I strive for sensitivity, relatability, competence, and responsiveness to one's needs; all of this helps build engagement and makes way for a trusting, productive, and successful relationship. In turn, this relationship empowers my clients and help them thrive.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I believe in a holistic treatment approach. We are all beautifully and wonderfully made of so many different components. True healing occurs when there is an internal balance between emotional, spiritual, physical, and social growth. Collaborations may include referrals to a psychiatrist for psychotropic medication or finding a nutritionist to address unhealthy eating habits brought on by depression or anxiety. I work with my clients to address their mental and emotional needs and collaborate with others to give my clients all the tools necessary to reach their treatment goals.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
In his song “Never Change,” Jay-Z said, “We all fish, better teach ya folk. Give them money to eat, then next week he’s broke.” What do people need? Tools to fish so they can be self-sufficient enough to feed themselves. Many people are in a cycle of trauma and dysfunction because they were not taught how to operate outside of crisis mode. They are only able to render aid to themselves for temporary relief, without longevity or healthy coping skills. We all come from different walks of life, with different advantages and disadvantages. If one doesn’t know better, they are unable to do better without the proper tools. Therapy is a place for not just healing, but learning as well. I believe in giving my clients the tools to live a self-sufficient life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about more people opening up to the idea of trying therapy. There are many cultural barriers that have played a role in how people view therapy. We are now normalizing that it is okay to seek help. And that’s a beautiful thing! By normalizing, we become aware. And, when we are aware, we acknowledge that change needs to occur.
“I strive for sensitivity, relatability, competence, and responsiveness to one's needs.”