“I honestly believe I did not choose to become a therapist. Instead, I believe therapy chose me.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I honestly believe I did not choose to become a therapist. Instead, I believe therapy chose me. I was always curious about how people think and why they do the things they do. I also had an interest in political systems and how governments work and operate. My education spans liberal arts, mass media, sociology, psychology, and political science. The only educational pursuit I never followed through on was becoming an attorney in the criminal justice system. I took a look at my life at a major crossroads and decided I might not be able to make changes on a macro level, but I could make highly effective ones on a micro level. Thus, the idea to become a therapist and work within the field of mental health was born. I enjoy treating individuals on a one-on-one basis and face-to-face through therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our individual sessions aim to increase self-awareness and help you develop insight into your mental, emotional, and relational well-being. I create a healthy and safe space where you can openly express yourself while exploring current challenges. After the initial intake is complete, we will work together to determine a treatment plan with goals and objectives we both agree upon. Therapy is not limited to the verbal sessions within the office setting, and I frequently assign homework or articles to read. These are centered around CBT or psychoeducational pieces that are designed to help clients develop further insights. I require a 12-session minimum commitment, which allows us to meet once a week for three months.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I approach therapy and mental health through a holistic lens and philosophy. I treat the entire individual and focus on several elements, including diet, lifestyle, medical conditions, and any other aspect that negatively impacts your quality of life. I believe that mental health can affect a person’s physical body and manifest as underlying health conditions over time. I provide referrals to medical doctors, nutritionists, acupuncturists, and psychiatrists who can further your treatment through an interdisciplinary approach that addresses a multitude of issues. I receive individual clinical supervision from a mentor and participate in a peer supervision group, which enables me to review cases and improve clinical skills.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Beginning therapy is among the most personal and intimate decisions one will make in their life. It takes careful consideration, and a hesitance or reluctance to begin is understandable. When one decides to enter into treatment, it is not a final destination but rather the start of a new journey with infinite possibilities. I believe treatment is accomplished through a healthy, caring, and positive therapeutic environment. In my private practice, I create a safe, relaxing, and comfortable experience. Together we focus on goal-oriented treatment that can be measured in a timely manner.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am old-school in my thinking and delivery of therapeutic services. I still believe therapy is best done face-to-face and in-person. However, I have challenged myself and now realize the benefits of conducting therapy virtually. The digital age is upon us and we must adapt to the changing climate, the landscape of the workspace, and how services are delivered and provided to the masses.
“Together we focus on goal-oriented treatment that can be measured in a timely manner.”