“I pursued mental health due to its clinical approach to therapy and also obtained two specialized certifications for couples therapy through the Gottman Institute.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
The idea of love and making relationships work always intrigued me; in high school, I was named “Dating Coach” by my friends. In college, I turned this into a business and assisted a number of men and women with dating advice and tips. I pursued mental health due to its clinical approach to therapy and also obtained two specialized certifications for couples therapy through the Gottman Institute.
What should someone know about working with you?
Overall, I am very inviting; I ensure that my clients are comfortable, relaxed, and engaged throughout the therapeutic process. For couples, I mainly utilize the Gottman Method, due to it being evidenced-based, and I focus on the skills, mindsets, and behaviors needed for a successful relationship. With individuals, I utilize a mixture of narrative therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps empower individuals to be themselves and overcome symptoms of depression, anxiety, and more.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Working collaboratively as a member of an integrated team has always been a part of my practice, even as a private clinician. I strongly believe that mental health requires a holistic approach. As a result, I continue to connect with clinicians, psychiatrists, yoga instructors, nutritionists, and physical trainers. When necessary, I'll refer my clients to these providers and we’ll collaborate on treatment plans.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Finding the right therapist is very important and should not be taken lightly; I recommend that clients shop around and ensure they are comfortable with their therapist. Usually, it takes two or three sessions to evaluate whether or not a therapist is a right fit. I also recommend clients find a therapist who specializes in their area of need; this leads to a greater outcome and understanding in therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am truly excited about teletherapy and the convenience it provides to those in need. One of the most significant obstacles of engaging has always been the process of traveling to an office. Now, with teletherapy, the 20-30 minute drive or access to public transportation is no longer an obstacle. Teletherapy allows both therapists and clients to work together via video chat, phone, computer, or tablet.
“Overall, I am very inviting; I ensure that my clients are comfortable, relaxed, and engaged throughout the therapeutic process.”