“Being someone's therapist is a privilege, as you are allowed on a most intimate journey of greater self-discovery and personal growth and I do not take this privilege lightly.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew from a young age that I wanted to become a therapist because I wanted my chosen profession to be deeply meaningful. Being someone's therapist is a privilege, as you are allowed on a most intimate journey of greater self-discovery and personal growth and I do not take this privilege lightly. I have had my own personal experiences in therapy, and I absolutely believe that my experience as a client has made me a better therapist. I spent many years as a therapist in a college counseling center and enjoyed it immensely. I also worked in a mental health clinic that provided a wide range of services to the LGBTQI communities and spent time as a director in an agency that provided substance abuse treatment. In recent years, I have worked in private practice. All of these experiences have been invaluable.
What should someone know about working with you?
My practice is deeply rooted in relational psychotherapy. My hope and intent in working with you is that we form an authentic connection that provides you the foundation to safely work on whatever is bringing you into therapy. During the intake process, I will gain a thorough history of your life experiences, family background, personal challenges, and strengths. Progress looks different from person to person, and it is something we can tease apart together to identify successes (even small ones!) as they are happening. The pace of progress, sometimes quick and sometimes slow, is less important than the process itself. This is not a race; it is your life and you are in constant evolution even though there are many days when it might not feel like it. I sometimes offer concrete suggestions on ways to work on things during the week and many clients find this useful, but I shy away from the word “homework” because it often has a negative connotation.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
A sincere appreciation for diversity (race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, etc.) is extremely important to me. More than that, I believe our cultural experiences are shaped by the world we live in and that world is, in some ways, broken. Unfortunately, diversity often means inequality and having to face both personal and systemic discrimination and sometimes violence. As your therapist, I want to understand where you come from and what makes you you. I also want you to know that I am committed to educating myself in an ongoing matter to remain as culturally competent as possible. Of course, I don't do this perfectly, but I am dedicated to my efforts.
“My hope and intent in working with you is that we form an authentic connection that provides you the foundation to safely work on whatever is bringing you into therapy.”