“I try to integrate the use of physical, spiritual, and emotional supports to promote a well-rounded path to change and resilience.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My interest in therapy came from many life experiences that began after suffering a traumatic loss at the age of 17. I had great people to talk to and it probably saved my life. I was able to see the value in talk therapy and the risk that it involves in making oneself vulnerable to a total stranger. I have always loved hearing about people's life stories and challenges and feel that there are multiple paths one can take to heal and self-discover. I grew up in a large and often emotionally intense family and have always felt comfortable listening to conflicting points of view. I have worked at psychiatric hospitals for over 30 years and have probably seen the best and the worst of clients suffering from mental health issues; this has definitely made me a more open-minded and empathetic therapist. I firmly believe there is always hope and rarely are the things we have to learn in life simply coincidence.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach to therapy is an active and dynamic one, designed to help you understand the root causes of behaviors, symptoms, and reactions to the events in your life that are causing distress. I will help you to establish goals that are attainable and use the tools that will allow you to meet the demands of everyday life. I try to integrate the use of physical, spiritual, and emotional supports to promote a well-rounded path to change and resilience.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I value a nonjudgmental attitude toward people and a need to be heard and accepted and I believe that not everyone needs to be changed or fixed. I value freedom to speak one’s mind without being shut down and the freedom to be different without being ostracized. I try to practice these values in my work with clients and offer a safe and supportive environment to be heard .
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited that mental health treatment now has a more holistic approach that incorporates physical, mental, and spiritual interventions. There is so much more we can be doing to promote brain health besides just medication and talk therapy. I believe that neuroscience is helping to transform psychiatry by studying the brain through scans and imaging. This is work that will better help us understand mental illness. Most people are afraid of being diagnosed with a mental illness for fear they will be deemed crazy or incompetent and I look forward to the day that we treat mental illness as a brain health issue that affects the entire body.
“I value freedom to speak one’s mind without being shut down and the freedom to be different without being ostracized.”