“Being a therapist allows me to center my engagements and conversations around empathy and compassion.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I knew in my early teens, after witnessing how quickly things can alter in one’s life due to circumstances beyond their control, that I wanted to be of service to others. Family dynamics can change in an instant when dealing with grief and loss. Life challenges can leave you feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally damaged. With support from friends and family, and through understanding the power of compassion and empathy, I have learned how these factors mold a person’s journey. These early experiences allowed me to connect with a diverse range of people and led me to my career. I am thrilled to work with others on their path towards healing.
What should someone know about working with you?
In my private practice, I provide a safe place for women to be heard, valued, and supported. Being a therapist allows me to center my engagements and conversations around empathy and compassion, while keeping my clients accountable, empowered, and inspired to live a well-balanced, authentic life. I think it’s important to gain insight by giving my clients action-tasks after sessions. These provide them with a deeper understanding of how their past experiences continue to influence their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I validate your concerns! Therapy can be emotionally taxing and there are a lot of misconceptions about the process. I will explore this hesitation and provide psychoeducation on what the therapy process looks like. I am a firm believer in collaborative therapy where we focus on the therapeutic environment and relationship. Each session offers a place to explore problems, engage in sincere conversations, brainstorm potential solutions, and reflect on alternatives. Collaboration is about negotiating the goals for counseling and deciding on a pathway to reach these goals. In other words, collaborative therapy is not intended to be a perfect alliance; rather, it signifies a partnership that is experienced as open, respectful, energized, and purposeful. My goal is not to tell a client what they “ought to do” — we work together to come up with the best solution towards change.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am proud to be a part of a profession that is becoming less stigmatized and more accessible to a wide range of women. Clients now have a safe space to address their trauma, interrelationships, and mental health, ultimately promoting their own healing. I am honored to be a part of this evolution and ready to make everlasting changes in this community.
Who is your ideal client?
I have a special commitment to working with women who are experiencing emotional and psychological issues related to reproductive health, including infertility, pregnancy, infant loss, postpartum depression, perinatal mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. I also work with clients feeling overwhelmed, anxious, hopeless, and fearful. One may feel alone when facing these obstacles, but I’m inspired by each individual’s inner strength and their resilience to overcome life challenges.
“My goal is not to tell a client what they “ought to do” — we work together to come up with the best solution towards change.”
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