“It is my ambition to provide therapy that specializes in treatment for men since this demographic is not the one that traditionally seeks out therapy due to societal stigmas attached to walking into a therapist’s office.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
What led me to become a therapist was the fact that I had to find out many things on my own when I was young. If only I had an opportunity to speak with someone on a candid level who could let me know that it was perfectly normal to be confused, frustrated, and nervous about growing up in such a complicated world, it would have made the transition to adulthood less difficult. I think we all go through challenging milestones and transitions as people, but it makes this process much easier if you have an ally who isn’t going to judge you for having an open conversation about how to process the thoughts that come with this. I have worked with various populations, from teenagers all the way to the elderly. It is my ambition to provide therapy that specializes in treatment for men since this demographic is not the one that traditionally seeks out therapy due to societal stigmas attached to walking into a therapist’s office.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy listening to the client tell me their story. I need to know what you are thinking and feeling so that I can have the best understanding of how you are making sense of the world around you. From there, I can try to point you in the direction of a goal that you want to accomplish. I understand how to deal with initial resistance to change, and that is why I can be very forthcoming and honest with a client when it comes to creating and assessing your goals for therapy. If you aren’t willing to pursue a certain objective after a while, I have no problem moving on from a goal. After all, I cannot force you to do anything you are not willing to do. I do assign homework where I like to measure your progress, and I enjoy working with people who like being held accountable.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Growing up, I had to learn many things on my own. I firmly believe that if I did not take an action-oriented approach to life, I would never have gotten as far as I have despite what seemed like insurmountable circumstances. A core value of mine is taking an action-oriented approach to your life; it is the best antidote to chaos. I believe we all have the destiny to see what our human spirit is capable of in light of the difficult and adverse experiences we have. We see great examples of the human spirit thriving every day. I want to help you get back on the road to victory. Tell me your story.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
We have seen how valuable and imperative it is to take care of your mental health. We no longer hear people say things like, “I have to see a therapist.” Instead, we hear people say, “I want to talk to someone.” I think the change in landscape has changed the language toward therapy and has made it more normalized.
“A core value of mine is taking an action-oriented approach to your life; it is the best antidote to chaos.”