“My creativity shapes and informs my approach to therapy; it enables me to see problems from many perspectives and offer imaginative therapeutic interventions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Psychotherapy is my second career; my first career was in entertainment. I majored in TV and film production in undergrad. I worked in various areas of production, from casting to scripts, landing in entertainment contracts. Therapy has always been a calling for me. I found a program that I loved and applied. In my interview, the director of my graduate program asked why I was there. After answering her questions, she accepted me into the program right there on the spot! I am now pursuing my doctorate. My little one is a child performer and I am also a stage mom. My creativity shapes and informs my approach to therapy; it enables me to see problems from many perspectives and offer imaginative therapeutic interventions.
What should someone know about working with you?
I want my clients to achieve success! After addressing your concerns, pathways should open up for you in all aspects of your life. I don't only want to know your therapeutic goals; I want to know all of your goals. If you want to go to the moon, I want to know about it! These are all the areas we will address in your intake. Once you are coming to session sharing that you have utilized the tools learned in therapy and achieved a good outcome, then you are in the working stage of your therapeutic process. That is progress. My goal is for you to not need me anymore and become self-reliant in your journey.
Your credentials are as a licensed marriage and family therapist. Do you do individual therapy?
Emphatically, yes! Marriage and family therapy is about the approach to therapy, not how many people are in the room. And the approach is systemic and collaborative. Thus, I can do family therapy with just one person. This means that we will explore the system (i.e., the environment of your family and upbringing) to help inform you and me of how you navigate the world around you.
“We will explore the system (i.e., the environment of your family and upbringing) to help inform you and me of how you navigate the world around you.”