“When one chooses to face their self and work to understand what lies beneath in an effort to live a more healthy and balanced life, that is a strength and should be applauded.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
Looking back on my childhood, I often marvel at how far we have come in terms of an openness to counseling and the therapeutic process. I first saw a therapist as a young adult, and I realized that there was so much I could have gained from having the right therapist to help me process my thoughts and feelings as a child after my parents’ divorce. I decided that I wanted to help others on their road to self-discovery. I have always valued meaningful and supportive relationships, and have found tremendous healing and support from therapy. Being a musician has also informed my decision to become a therapist, as music brings me a feeling of connectivity and healing. Working as a therapist has allowed me to continue to experience connection, helping others find more joy in their lives and connect with their true selves.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I build my therapy sessions around my clients’ goals. In the beginning I focus on creating a natural and trusting relationship, which is the basis on which true growth and development can begin. I have a good sense of humor and many clients appreciate that I incorporate it into the session when appropriate. I encourage clients to work with me to set goals, and I support them along the way. I tend to have a holistic approach and like to check in with clients about all aspects of their lives, including physical wellbeing, level of functioning, and personal hygiene, as well as how they currently manage challenges and struggles. I believe that proper physical, mental, and emotional self-care are vital to optimal mental health.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I will collaborate and refer patients to psychiatrists when necessary. It can be helpful to discuss shared patients in order to better understand them and get a fuller picture. When working with children, I partner with guidance counselors and teachers to understand progress (or a lack thereof) in order to provide the right care.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
Cost as well as skepticism about trusting others serve as barriers. People who have a bad experience with a therapist or someone in the mental health field may be worried about having a similar experience. There's also the fear that they will delve too deep and reveal something shameful or embarrassing to themselves or the therapist.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
People may see going to therapy as a sign of weakness, but it is really a sign of strength. When one chooses to face their self and work to understand what lies beneath in an effort to live a more healthy and balanced life, that is a strength and should be applauded.
“I focus on creating a natural and trusting relationship, which is the basis on which true growth and development can begin.”