“Being a therapist has allowed me to turn my suffering into meaning and help guide others as well.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I decided to become a therapist while I was in a rehabilitation facility. I had gone off the rails after my brother died of cancer when he was 19 and I used substances to cope with the pain. I wanted to turn my pain into meaning and help other people who suffer. I have worked in a state-run family clinic, luxury rehab settings, adolescent mental health treatment centers, and private practice for less acute cases (depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and life coaching). Being a therapist has allowed me to turn my suffering into meaning and help guide others as well. It has been the greatest honor of my life to be invited into other people's worlds in the therapy room.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am really laid-back; I enjoy jam bands, 90s hip hop, outlaw country, indie rock, classical music, 80s pop, you name it. I like to get to know my clients before we dive into the messy stuff, so my first question will likely be, "What was your favorite music when you were a teenager?" rather than, "What is the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to you?" I believe family history and upbringing have a major impact on current relationships, worldviews, and personality, so be ready to talk about your family. I don't believe there is a one-size-fits-all way to approach therapy, so I will tailor your treatment to your needs.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have worked with different people from all walks of life. Every time I meet a new client, I feel honored to get to know them and experience a part of their life. Curiosity is my biggest tool and it is what guides my practice. I have done a lot of work to recognize my biases and preconceived notions. I am aware of them and do my absolute best to maintain a healthy and nonjudgmental environment.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to be invited into other people's worlds in the therapy room.”