“I pride myself on being warm and supportive, and for practicing the skillful behaviors I teach in therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve known for decades that my calling is to help others. I applied to college as a psychology major and never second-guessed that decision. I pride myself on being warm and supportive, and for practicing the skillful behaviors I teach in therapy. I’ve worked in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse centers, and private practice. In my current private practice, I continue to hone my passion for working with adults and couples.
What should someone know about working with you?
Over the course of our first few sessions, I will gather information and we will begin to establish a rapport and set goals. I will also provide you with feedback about treatment. What you put into therapy is what you get out of therapy. There are times I will assign homework, usually consisting of new life skills to implement. Progress looks different for each individual and I meet each person where he/she/they are without judgment. I try to demystify the therapeutic process; it’s simply a collaborative approach in which you are the expert on your own life.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Being that I use a lot of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in my treatment, I have worked on identifying my own personal values. These values not only help shape me as a human but also as a professional. A deep understanding of my own experiences and knowledge of my values have provided me with tolerance, acceptance, and an understanding of others.
For someone hesitant to begin therapy, what would you tell them?
Of course you are! Therapy and the therapeutic relationship are unlike anything else that exists in the world. It’s new, and new can be scary or anxiety-provoking. The client-therapist relationship is the most important part of therapy – find a good fit and then give it a try. As comfort grows, so will your progress.
“I try to demystify the therapeutic process; it’s simply a collaborative approach in which you are the expert on your own life.”