“I like working with people for whom themes of identity are central to the work.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have wanted to be a therapist since I was in third grade! I've always been incredibly interested in what makes us as humans do the things that we do and how we can all improve our relationships with one another. When I entered my graduate program, I was so heartened to find out that there were ways to approach this work that not only focused on behavior from a clinical standpoint but that also truly honored the ways that the social and political environments around us have huge impacts on our wellbeing. Social justice and wellbeing are so intricately tied.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like working with people for whom themes of identity are central to the work. I enjoy validating the difficult experiences that folks of historically marginalized identities face and also helping folks to revel in the richness of those identities. In my intake process, we will work together to identify the concerns you find most troubling and develop goals that are personal to you. Throughout our work, I will point out the themes and patterns I hear in your story and help you to shake those patterns up! As we move through the process, I like to point out the ways that I notice you handling certain problems or concerns differently than when we first began.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about telehealth and how I have seen it increase access to care for folks in a myriad of ways. One of the strongest components of success in therapy is the fit between the therapist and the client. People who are looking for a therapist who works well with a particular community (e.g., BIPOC or queer-affirming) have a greater chance of finding a clinician with whom they truly feel they can connect. People who are in caregiver roles can allow themselves to benefit from therapy as they can attend sessions right from their homes. I think it’s amazing that we can all now get the care we need (and deserve!) with less likelihood of having to endure long commutes or compromise on the characteristics we might desire in a clinician.
“I enjoy validating the difficult experiences that folks of historically marginalized identities face and also helping folks to revel in the richness of those identities.”