“I have always had a deep sensitivity and love for mental health and the mind.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had a deep sensitivity and love for mental health and the mind. I think each person deals with and feels feelings differently. My approach is individualistic, person centered, I start where you are at and go at your pace.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide my clients with a safe space where they can speak freely, be who they want to be, and know that I’m here to listen and truly understand (rather than just respond). Intake for me involves making sure my clients are comfortable, attending to their questions/concerns, going at their pace, and starting where they are. I think it is important to build rapport with my clients first so they feel safe, have trust, and are comfortable to share whatever it is they are facing. I look to help my clients navigate, explore, and identify their feelings and walk with them through this process.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in services in my field and collaborate with colleagues. I take courses that teach updates on certain modalities, as this helps me stay updated on that material. I like to see how other therapists tackle certain topics, such as abuse, PTSD, and grief. I also enjoy seeing the approaches of other professionals.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I come from a home of health care professionals; my mom is a nurse and my brother is a doctor. Together, they have instilled in me the value of treating people the way I would like to be treated, and this has always stuck with me as a human being and when meeting and helping clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Although there is still a stigma when talking about mental health, I feel in 2021 there has been some improvement as to how mental health is viewed and how seeking help can be seen as a positive. There is still much room for improvement, but being a part of this change influences my passion to reach my clients who want this kind of support.
What motivates you to do what you do?
My children, my family, and myself motivate me. I am ambitious about making a difference for those who need support and I think I have the caliber to do so.
“I provide my clients with a safe space where they can speak freely, be who they want to be, and know that I’m here to listen and truly understand (rather than just respond).”