“I approach every individual with authenticity, respect, empathy, and humility.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began in Psychology 101; I was a freshman who didn’t understand himself and was simply trying to complete prerequisites. I was captivated by how individuals learn and process information, the role emotions have on behaviors, and the impact mental health conditions have on overall functioning. Over time, I continued to expand my knowledge and my interest led me to wonder how culture, societal norms, religion, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomics can have an influence. Ultimately, this journey led me to become a clinical social worker. I believe this path chose me and I’ve been fortunate to utilize my knowledge and competency to help others self-actualize and grow. Prior to private practice, I worked in residential facilities, outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, and in-home therapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values have guided my approach to therapy and life. I approach every individual with authenticity, respect, empathy, and humility. I believe every client is an individual and not simply the sum of their emotions, behaviors, thoughts, life circumstances, or mental health. I merely play a role in my clients’ lives; I might be the professional, but the client dictates what they wish to do or adhere to since they are the masters of their lives. For these very reasons, I approach each client where they are and ensure that the goals established and addressed align with their desires. I believe this approach has allowed me to build great therapeutic relationships, great engagement, and long-lasting results.
“I believe every client is an individual and not simply the sum of their emotions, behaviors, thoughts, life circumstances, or mental health.”