“I most value individual connections and helping others navigate life’s challenges by offering a safe, supportive space for self-expression and processing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My passion for connecting with people and providing emotional support has been consistent throughout my life. I consider myself a people person, getting energy from meeting new people, learning about their varied experiences, and building rapport. My personal enthusiasm translated to professional interest while attending Johns Hopkins University. I joined a peer counseling group, offering therapeutic services to my colleagues, which helped me see that I could make a living doing what I am most passionate about. I most value individual connections and helping others navigate life’s challenges by offering a safe, supportive space for self-expression and processing. I have worked with adolescents, adults, and families in inpatient and outpatient medical settings, school-based health clinics, community mental health agencies, and group private practice settings. I believe my diverse experience and genuine enthusiasm for helping others will allow me to help you feel understood as you learn to navigate complex emotions and life stressors.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take a client-centered, strengths-based approach to treatment. I believe in the power of establishing a strong rapport with clients, and I provide a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental space where you can safely express your thoughts and feelings while working on self-identified goals. I will help you gain deeper self-awareness in order to manage stressors, alleviate symptoms, improve relationships, and facilitate personal growth. I take an eclectic and collaborative approach to treatment, drawing on various evidence-based modalities, to best meet your individual needs. I hope to support you in working toward an improved quality of life.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It is totally normal to be hesitant to try therapy! It takes energy and courage to share your thoughts and feelings with a stranger. It is especially daunting if you have never been in therapy before or if you had a negative experience with a previous provider. While it may feel uncomfortable at first, I would encourage you to know that you are in control of what happens and you can build trust at your own pace. The therapist-client relationship is unique in that you receive non-judgemental, unbiased support to help you better understand yourself and change unhealthy patterns.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
While stigma around mental illness continues to pervade our society, there have been cultural shifts that have reduced stigma and increased mental health parity and access. The recent pandemic has also allowed for increased compassion and empathy, as we all share in complex feelings of loss, fear, anger, and sadness. While everyone’s experience is unique, our shared experience of uncertainty has allowed for a renewed focus on addressing mental health concerns and reducing barriers to care. I look forward to providing telemental health therapy to increase access to treatment and reduce safety concerns.
What are some benefits of engaging in therapy?
While there are some immediate benefits of engaging in therapy, it may also take time to benefit from the therapeutic process. Most people find going to therapy to be healing in itself, as it creates a time and space designated for self-reflection and self-care, reducing your emotional burden. Engaging in therapy allows you to feel understood and heard, without bias or judgment. The more long-term benefits of therapy are a result of exploring how your past informs your present and identifying patterns in thought and behavior that are no longer working in order to fuel positive change. Engaging in therapy can help you develop a stronger sense of self, improve your relationships, and give you the confidence to better navigate life’s challenges.
“I believe my diverse experience and genuine enthusiasm for helping others will allow me to help you feel understood as you learn to navigate complex emotions and life stressors.”