“In addition to my natural curiosity, I was raised with a younger brother who has autism.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by human behavior and what makes us act the way we do. In addition to my natural curiosity, I was raised with a younger brother who has autism. Growing up with him, I became acutely aware of what it meant for someone to internally struggle. He has not only been one of my greatest teachers but has shaped me into a better person. Between overcoming some of my own personal challenges and witnessing my brother’s continued growth over the years, I became sold on the concept that people CAN change and accomplish what may seem initially impossible. I have always had a helping nature as well as an ability to see people from a deeper perspective. Being a therapist is not only a career; it's a purpose and an honor. None of us get to where we want to be on our own. We all have people (multiple people) who help us in some way or another. Supporting others through their transformations brings me great pride.
What should someone know about working with you?
The therapeutic journey is a unique one, and each individual path will look different. I take a collaborative approach, working together with my clients. I meet them where they are ready to begin and provide them with the tools in which to make change. I am warm, compassionate, and encouraging, and I set expectations for both the client and myself. We are here to accomplish change, and I am conscientious to always be moving in that direction. I will assign tasks for clients to incorporate their learned skills into their everyday lives and experience the change they are seeking.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe fully that all people are capable of change.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm excited to witness, and be a part of, the ever-changing attitude toward mental health wellbeing. Awareness, education, accessibility, and making it a priority in our society are continuing to grow. I am passionate about educating others on what mental health wellbeing means and how to properly address it. Mental health is a part of our everyday lives; it is a part of our makeup. EVERYONE has mental health needs, and it impacts every aspect of what we do and who we are. My hope is our society begins to regard mental health care in the same way we attend to physical wellbeing.
“Between overcoming some of my own personal challenges and witnessing my brother’s continued growth over the years, I became sold on the concept that people CAN change and accomplish what may seem initially impossible.”