“Throughout my journey of self-discovery, I realized the relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for all others and that you don't have to be perfect in order to help others; you just need to be real.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always knew I wanted to help people in some capacity, as I have this innate ability for strong insight and empathy. Throughout my journey of self-discovery, I realized the relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for all others and that you don't have to be perfect in order to help others; you just need to be real. Through this shift in my own mindset and by having a space to process my past experiences and trauma, I was able to see value where there once was none and rewrite my own story. This, in combination with my knowledge of the more traditional models of CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness training, and inner child work, is how I am able to support my clients in living their truths.
What should someone know about working with you?
Initially, we will focus on building a strong therapeutic alliance, allowing for future client-driven sessions. I offer a space for clients to process their past and identify their limiting beliefs, which often lead to dysfunctional behaviors and unhealthy coping mechanisms that they want to change. I motivate my clients so that they can identify their strengths, see their full potential, and stop reacting to false feelings based on inaccurate thinking patterns. My holistic approach is very much tailored to individual needs, so together we can create a plan that is client-based.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I practice what I preach and try to learn something new every day. I strive for growth not only for my clients but for my own journey as well. I remain open to and seek out knowledge in various forms. I learn from my clients, colleagues, the latest self-help books or podcasts, breathwork, yoga, and meditation in addition to other research and theory publications.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I think there has certainly been a shift in perspective when it comes to talking about mental health. An individual's mental state of being is becoming recognized as just as important as his/her physical health, and we’re learning that it’s nothing to be ashamed of! With the evolution of technology and social media, people now have access to more information and are able to connect with others who may have had similar life experiences or diagnoses, which provides validation and proof that no one is ever alone. While we still have a ways to go in terms of destigmatizing mental illness, it is easier to access care, especially through the use of telehealth.
“I motivate my clients so that they can identify their strengths, see their full potential, and stop reacting to false feelings based on inaccurate thinking patterns.”