“I strive to create a space in which people feel comfortable being themselves; this allows me to truly get to know my clients so that together we can create a plan for moving toward their goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been drawn to psychotherapy since I was a teenager, driven by a desire to understand people and use that understanding to help improve lives. I believe that we all have potential within us to live happy and successful lives but certain barriers within us and outside of us prevent us from reaching that potential. I believe that accurately identifying these barriers and creating a plan for addressing them is the key to helping my clients accomplish their therapy goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
I strive to create a space in which people feel comfortable being themselves; this allows me to truly get to know my clients so that together we can create a plan for moving toward their goals. At the end of the day, it is the client who decides if therapy is going well, which is why I regularly check in and get feedback on how well the therapy process is meeting my client’s needs.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that we all have the capacity to be strong and resilient, even in the face of overwhelming stress. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves in environments that are not supportive of our strength, and we end up disconnected from that part of ourselves. Through a deep exploration of ourselves, our lives, our thoughts, and our emotions, we can reconnect with our natural resilience and grow into the best versions of ourselves.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
As the field of psychology evolves, we have become more aware of how closely connected the mind and the body are. We have learned that feelings like stress and anxiety live in our body as much as they live in our minds and taking care of one is taking care of the other. My goal, especially when working on anxiety or depression, is to help my clients use the mind-body connection to their advantage in order to better cope with their mental health concerns.
How do you approach working with anxiety?
When clients experience anxiety, depression, or stress, I often tell them, “We are going to learn how to make friends with our anxiety.” This is because anxiety itself is not our enemy; it is a normal, healthy physical response to stress. It only becomes problematic when it is not effectively managed and turns into chronic anxiety or depression. In my work, I help clients use anxiety to their advantage by learning how to moderate it up or down, depending on the situation.
“At the end of the day, it is the client who decides if therapy is going well, which is why I regularly check in and get feedback on how well the therapy process is meeting my client’s needs.”