“My goal as a therapist is to create a safe space where individuals feel free to express themselves, no matter what that expression looks like.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
From the age of around 12, I knew I wanted to be a therapist. I had been through some of my own challenges and always had a sense that things did not have to be the way they were. This created a desire for me to understand the mind and the complexities of the human experience. I studied psychology in college and became engrossed in this world of understanding others. Throughout my time in college and in graduate school, I also worked as a nanny for a few different families. I worked with new moms and I saw first hand both the joys and tribulations of parenting. My focus shifted to understanding women’s mental health needs by creating a space where women can freely express themselves and work on getting their own needs met.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
My goal as a therapist is to create a safe space where individuals feel free to express themselves, no matter what that expression looks like. We live in a very fast paced world and there is unfortunately little time to stop and really be with our emotions. As a trained yoga teacher and psychotherapist, I incorporate a lot of mindfulness and yogic practices in my therapy sessions. Yoga teaches us to be present and to let go of the resistance that holds us back. I am there to help guide my clients in experiencing both their challenges and joys in our sessions. They can create a system where they learn to be more intune with their bodies and emotions in everyday life.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
I believe the biggest barrier today for people seeking care is how little value our society places on mental wellness. It is only recently that we began to talk about things like self-care and understand the role that mental health plays in all aspects of our lives.
There continues to be a stigma surrounding mental health care and a lack of understanding about what it means to seek out support. It takes strength to evaluate what is not serving you and to take steps towards making changes in your life. It is time we start valuing emotional strength as much as, if not more than, physical strength.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Just because you reach out for help, does not mean there is anything wrong with you. Whether it is just for the short-term or long-term we can all benefit from the support of a therapist can offer. Therapists are there to be a non-judgemental sounding board and to hold up a mirror that allows you to view your life more clearly. Therapy may not always feel good and there will be times when it is challenging. It is these moments that can really change you. You deserve to give yourself the gift of living the life you truly want to live.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the collaboration between mental health and other wellness modalities. While talk therapy is a beautiful and valuable tool at times it can miss part of the picture. By integrating mindfulness and connecting with the body, we start to look more closely at the different areas that impact mood and mental wellness. I am excited to be a clinician who offers my clients the benefits of yoga in psychotherapy. This connection to the body and the way that emotions surface from the body can be a valuable tool in healing ourselves. I look forward to seeing this relationship between the mind and body continue to grow in the future!
“It takes such strength to look at what’s not serving you and to take steps towards making changes in your life. It is time we start valuing emotional strength, as much as, if not more than, physical strength.”