“Nobody knows you better than yourself and I am only here to help you along this journey of self-discovery and understanding.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In my late teens, I endured a traumatic experience that shattered life as I knew it. Studying psychology over the following decade enabled me to pull pieces back together and rebuild myself into the best version of me that I could be. In doing so, I learned how to help others reframe their perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors, ultimately enhancing their quality of life and appreciating what they have. Albert Ellis’s theory of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy is based on the theory that we, as individuals, cause most of our distress and negative feelings due to beliefs we hold in reaction to experiences we have. Thus, altering these beliefs can provide some relief.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a counselor, I do not subscribe to one or two theoretical approaches, but rather I draw from all my training in order to develop the best approach to your specific situation. If no two people are truly the same, no two approaches to counseling can be either. Nobody knows you better than yourself and I am only here to help you along this journey of self-discovery and understanding. My background and experience enable me to help guide you through the issues that you want to overcome so that we can get you functioning at your highest potential.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I believe that collaborating with other providers is essential in helping certain individuals who come to therapy. My education and background enable me to help my clients, but my knowledge and approach may only extend to a certain level. I have worked with individuals in the past whose challenges could not be fully resolved with only one approach and I believe that collaborating with other providers greatly enhances the effectiveness of treatment in these cases. I believe achieving a better quality of life requires a proper balance between mind, body, and soul.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
One of my objectives is to help hesitant individuals overcome the stigma of going to therapy. Speaking with a therapist is similar to seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor; you go to see them when something is off. Sometimes, it is a severe issue that may require several sessions; in other cases, it is a minor “blockage” that simply needs to be reframed over the course of a few sessions. Starting therapy is not necessarily a life-long commitment; you can start with a quick consultation to see how it goes. Not every therapist is going to be the right fit and it is very important that you find a therapist that suits you.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited that mental health and its treatment are becoming destigmatized in our culture as well as others. There is still work to be done, but it is nice to see it happening. I am also excited to see teletherapy becoming “a thing.” Prior to starting my work with Better Help, I myself did not believe that therapy could translate to virtual sessions. However, after practicing as an online therapist for a few years, I know that it works. There was definitely a learning curve but, at its essence, it’s not that different from in-person talk therapy.
“I believe achieving a better quality of life requires a proper balance between mind, body, and soul.”