“In sessions, I utilize a collaborative approach with each client to assist them with setting and achieving realistic goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I first became interested in working in the mental health field as a teenager while watching people in my community struggle with untreated mental health issues and addiction. I recognized early on that the social stigma and misconceptions that surrounded therapy were barriers preventing many people from seeking support. As a clinical intern receiving training in addiction counseling, I recognized a similar pattern of thinking in my clients. This experience reinforced my desire to work toward shifting the perspective of mental health from “mental illness” to normalizing mental health as a fundamental part of overall well-being.
What should someone know about working with you?
In sessions, I utilize a collaborative approach with each client to assist them with setting and achieving realistic goals. Part of our sessions will focus on identifying how you can implement what we explore in session into your everyday life through homework tasks. I strongly believe that the work you do outside of session is of equal importance in creating positive change as what we do in session.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I take a holistic approach to mental health and often refer clients to other health providers based on the client’s specific needs. I then collaborate with each provider to ensure that those needs are being met. If a client has a presenting mental health issue that is out of my scope of practice, I will refer the client to a therapist who is a more appropriate fit.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Practice being open-minded. One of the most important parts of starting your therapeutic journey is finding someone who is the right fit for you. A complaint I often hear from clients is that they tried therapy before but “didn’t like'' the therapist and made the assumption that every therapist would be the same. My advice would be to not generalize or make assumptions based on one experience or the experiences of others.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the increase in the level of awareness people have about the importance of taking care of their mental health. In my practice alone, I am seeing an upsurge of people from different cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds—to me, that indicates a shift in the role of therapy in many different people’s lives.
“One of the most important parts of starting your therapeutic journey is finding someone who is the right fit for you.”