“Exploring how we fit into the world is fascinating to me; undoing the burden of past trauma and shame and recognizing the space we take up is a huge piece of my work.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I worked as a public health and corporate medical operations officer before becoming a therapist and I always saw the intrinsic connection between positive health outcomes as they related to mental health. In our workspaces, families, and relationships, our mental wellbeing had direct implications on integration, growth, and change. I want executives, leaders, people navigating the corporate ladder, and their identities therein to feel safe and validated as they explore the stresses that impact us in myriad ways. How can we better lead? How do we better serve? How do we show up for ourselves or advocate fiercely? Your story is yours alone. As an LGBTQ-affirming therapist, I will always be there to listen. Showing up and taking up space as an LGBTQ person in the world takes a lot of exploration, courage, vulnerability, and identification.
What should someone know about working with you?
I will engender a place that will make us at ease, both mindfully and physically, and fill us with intention as we ask: What is our purpose here today? Taking time to build the therapeutic alliance is crucial to me. The truth is that every client-therapist relationship is different, as is each and every relationship we have in life. I’ll meet some clients and know exactly what type of situation they’re in and I’ll catch up as if we’ve known each other for years. With other clients, I’ll conduct sessions for weeks before uncovering the latent and nuanced reasons that they’re engaging in therapy. Neither way means that one is progressing more than another, as progress is all in perspective. I’m honest, direct, and motivated. In a solutions-focused setting, I bring you to your next level and your best operating system. That doesn’t mean I discount the pain and disallow space for setbacks, though. We are all human and we make meaning out of our experiences as we navigate through together.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I really love holding space for psychic exploration of our own sense of dignity and worth, which are two of my core values. Our own minds create these worlds and subworlds, all made up of “shoulds,” fears, and old stories of worth. Our inner critic or saboteur literally waits us out for the next vulnerable moment and leans in to pounce when we’re least ready. Exploring how we fit into the world is fascinating to me; undoing the burden of past trauma and shame and recognizing the space we take up is a huge piece of my work. I work to lessen those negative voices with megaphones and amplify the positive ones that just so happen to be seated in the nosebleeds. What I like to say is, "Tonight is opening night! Today is not a dress rehearsal. So come ready to perform at your peak." I want every person — every single human — to see that we’re “beings” and not “doings” for a reason.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m really excited about the level of access and integration in the health space. I’ve never found a one-size-fits-all method and I am a firm believer in doing whatever it takes to balance yourself out. I’m passionate about weaving in techniques that work for the person individually and not a prescriptive dogma we’re adhering to. I can’t wait to work more with art therapy, mindfulness, yoga, and narrative therapies. By adding these to traditional talk therapy, our achievements are only as high as our ambitions. My hope is to see a reduction in the stigma of mental health care and the intentional and direct integration of physical and spiritual wellness with psychological health. Through early and intentional interventions, we can truly change health outcomes, impact infrastructure, carve space for evolution, and make a legacy, all by starting with ourselves. With the energy of authenticity, we can move mountains.
“I work to lessen those negative voices with megaphones and amplify the positive ones that just so happen to be seated in the nosebleeds.”