“As a therapist, I’ve made it my mission to learn from and help those struggling with all different kinds of relationships, including the one they have with themselves.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After years of working in business with all different personality types, I developed a keen interest in the areas of human behavior and mental health. Thus began the search for a more rewarding career. Since I’ve made this change, I haven't looked back. Entering the counseling field has been one of the most empowering decisions of my life; I love what I do and enjoy every moment of it. As a therapist, I’ve made it my mission to learn from and help those struggling with all different kinds of relationships, including the one they have with themselves. The combination of my practical experience and educational background allows me to contribute to my profession and the world by strengthening my field, honing my communication skills, and developing the work ethic required for long-term success.
What should someone know about working with you?
My clients are their own experts. My role as their therapist is to provide the requested help based on their own needs, and they often know exactly what those are. I am adaptable and my clients’ feedback on my process is key to their treatment success. I am always looking for ways to grow personally and professionally.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Working several years in a mental health clinic has taught me the importance of collaboration during treatment. Psychiatrists, physicians, health coaches, case managers, and therapists all work together in pursuit of the common goal: helping people heal. Throughout my experience, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from various roles and integrate pieces of their knowledge into my own practice.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Has there ever been a food that you refused to eat even though you had no idea what it tasted like, then realized it was delicious when you finally decided to take a chance? Therapy can be like that: a scary food that goes down much easier than you thought it would. The only way to know for sure is to take a bite!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I find it most exciting how the mental health field is slowly and surely evolving, breaking through societal biases and removing the stigma that’s overshadowed it for so long. Nowadays, people better understand the importance of having a healthy mind and the benefit counseling offers not only for mental health but whole-person wellness.
“My role as their therapist is to provide the requested help based on their own needs, and they often know exactly what those are.”