“My approach to therapy encourages the exploration of who we are at our core.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
My path to becoming a therapist started off with music and music therapy. The community aspect of music nourished not only my creative side, but also the parts of me that craved a sense of belonging and purpose. Through this, I recognized how important it is to develop and maintain real, lasting connections and relationships in order to feel fulfilled in life and how difficult that can be. Finding meaning in relationships, career, and life in general is often a focus in my work. Through piecing together the different experiences and parts of someone’s life, we can learn how they’ve shaped their identity, the way they express themselves, and how they relate to others.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
My approach to therapy encourages the exploration of who we are at our core. It investigates conscious and unconscious beliefs about ourselves that may be preventing us from moving forward and thriving. As an active participant in the room, I work to understand the root causes of behaviors, symptoms, and reactions and will create short- and long-term goals that are attainable and realistic. Understanding how foundational experiences and relationships have made an impact are essential parts of my approach. Together, we’ll look at the undesired patterns of being and thinking to bring compassion, insight, and change. As a yoga teacher and mindfulness practitioner, I also often incorporate breathing, centering, and grounding techniques in the therapy room and encourage my clients to practice them in their day-to-day lives. With a focus on the mind-body connection, we learn to rest our nervous systems and become more intentional with our reactions.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
Collaboration is often a key factor in the effectiveness of treatment. I can work with other healthcare providers, such as nutritionists, psychiatrists, and social workers, to get a full picture of who the client is, what their needs are, and how their treatment can be the most effective for them. When it comes to our mental health, having a full support system, whether that’s through our personal community or through various healthcare providers, is crucial.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
On a concrete level, navigating insurance, finances, schedules, and figuring out the various types of mental health professionals there are can feel like an intimidating process. On a more subtle level, reaching out for help can be one of the hardest things to do. The idea of sitting in a room with a stranger and sharing some of our deepest feelings and thoughts might sound too vulnerable or intimate. Acknowledging the courage it takes to make the first step in getting support is one of the ways we learn about our internal strengths. I work to create a warm, inviting, and non-judgmental space as we uncover what’s most distressing, exciting, fearful, frustrating, and joyful for us. I’m an LGBTQ+, poly, trans, and kink affirmer—and I believe that everyone deserves to have a space to feel heard, validated, and supported.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Therapy isn’t only for people who have gone through major traumatic events or have mental illnesses. I believe everyone deserves to have a place where they can be fully seen and allowed to be and explore exactly who they are. Therapy is 45 minutes once or twice a week when you get to sit with someone who is attentive to you, and only you. Someone who draws out your innermost emotions and desires—the ones you normally wouldn’t have the time or space to acknowledge or allow to come to the surface. Those emotions and desires go unseen on a conscious level, but, unconsciously, they often end up navigating our lives—at times in directions away from what will bring us the most satisfaction in life.
“I’m an LGBTQ+, poly, trans, and kink affirmer—and I believe that everyone deserves to have a space to feel heard, validated, and supported.”
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