“I particularly like working with adults who see themselves as partners in therapy and not just passive recipients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was a journalist for more than 30 years prior to becoming a therapist. I specialized in health and medical topics and my work appeared in some of the world's leading medical journals, such as The Lancet and the British Medical Journal. Several years ago, I went back to school to become a therapist, following a lifelong fascination with the human mind. I've worked with people of all ages and all walks of life, and one of my most rewarding experiences was an internship where I worked with cancer patients and survivors.
What should someone know about working with you?
In our first few sessions, I'll ask you lots of questions about your life and background. I'll also ask about your own hopes and expectations for therapy. Together, we'll develop some informal goals that you can use to gauge your progress. I’ll ask you questions like, “Are you feeling more hopeful? Are you getting down on yourself less? Are you feeling less scared or anxious about the future?” I encourage feedback because it helps me tailor the treatment to your needs. I particularly like working with adults who see themselves as partners in therapy and not just passive recipients. An interest in mindfulness also helps because I draw a great deal from that as well as meditation exercises in my work with clients.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have a broad range of interests when it comes to therapy. I like anything that helps me help a client uncover the unconscious thoughts and beliefs that may be preventing them from getting what they want out of life. I've taken training in cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies (CBT and DBT), financial therapy, and how best to help adults with ADD/ADHD. Recently, I've become interested in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which helps people lead more fulfilling lives by identifying and focusing on the things that are truly important to them and aligned with their values. I'm also a certified provider of anger management therapy.
“An interest in mindfulness also helps because I draw a great deal from that as well as meditation exercises in my work with clients.”