“A genuinely fair, honest, and respectful person is necessary for a successful treatment relationship.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had a great curiosity about people and the circumstances that shape us. It became clear to me that the questions and insights I had only grew as I got older, and I was never really done understanding how my own experiences and thoughts related to the ways in which I understood other people. Working in individual and family mental health was a very natural path for me to take. It has allowed me to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances and to continue to grow throughout my life as a therapist and as a person.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process is an opportunity to ask and answer questions. It also allows me to get an overview of what brings a person or family to seek help at a particular time. Some people may have had previous treatment or contact with a therapist; others have never had any experience talking to someone outside their own family about sensitive issues or feelings. Being respectful, patient, and flexible are important features of this initial part of treatment.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
A genuinely fair, honest, and respectful person is necessary for a successful treatment relationship. My willingness to offer care without judgement or preconceived ideas is promised and open to discussion as needed.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth was pretty unknown to me in the past. While it is not perfect, it has offered considerable flexibility and creativity in working with people in their lives. The availability of significant others for participation in treatment, maintaining treatment relationships that would previously have become impossible, or collaborating with other systems in a client’s life, like schools, doctors and relevant service providers are now commonly managed easily and provide more comprehensive care.
Does psychotherapy always need to be a long term commitment to every week, for years, or can it be shorter term and still provide benefits? How will I know?
Psychotherapy is not a static concept. The benefit to a client should be assessed throughout the time working with the therapist to define the value, and progress of it and this can be done over months or years, or shorter spans, depending on the scope of the issues being treated and how well the client is using what they take away from it. Sometimes after an initial period of therapy it feels like goals have been accomplished and this brings an end. Other people find that achieving goals opens new questions or needs for therapeutic consideration, and then others take a pause and return as needed when feeling they wish to further explore/resolve issues or feel supported in their lives. Consideration of all of these can and should be part of the process of treatment.
“My willingness to offer care without judgement or preconceived ideas is promised and open to discussion as needed.”