“Knowing why we do the things we do is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In college, I accompanied a friend to the campus counseling center, as she was dealing with intense anxiety. To help ease her anxiety, I also filled out the paperwork to make an appointment. By my third session, I realized I was holding on to things that were blocking my own growth and development. I went on a journey with my therapist that led to freedom from my own thoughts—and eventually led to my becoming a therapist. I feel honored to get to join my clients on their own journeys. Knowing why we do the things we do is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. By understanding our thoughts and feelings and where they come from, we are able to adjust and grow.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our first session will be about asking questions and gathering information. We will discuss what brings you in and what your goals are for therapy. We will discuss how you work best—with open-ended sessions where you can talk about what is on your mind or more structured sessions with or without homework (more CBT-focused). Together, we will collaborate by coming up with a plan to meet your goals.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration is encouraged when the client welcomes it. It is always helpful to know all providers are on the same page to help a client get to where he/she/they want to be. Collaboration could include psychiatrists, nutritionists, primary care physicians, teachers/school counselors (for adolescents), academic advisors, and previous therapists. The collaboration process includes phone calls with other professionals, once the client gives written confirmation of their approval. My clients and I will use the information gathered to help inform our path and goals.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy can seem overwhelming and risky, but taking the time out of the week for a session can help us understand why we do the things we do. We take ourselves everywhere we go—when we understand ourselves better, we can heal and relate better.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It is very exciting that people are more open to talking about mental health. This is especially true for individuals in the public eye. By sharing their struggles, they’re helping to normalize the conversation around mental health—which allows people to be more open about their own struggles.
“We take ourselves everywhere we go—when we understand ourselves better, we can heal and relate better.”