“Through our work together, clients develop a deeper understanding of who they are, where they come from, and how the past impacts who they are in the present.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to listening to people’s stories and supporting them through tough situations. So, when I graduated from college, I knew I wanted to be in a “helping profession,” but I wasn’t sure exactly what role I wanted to play. After spending a year working with counselors at a youth employment center and witnessing the transformative power of individual and group therapy, I decided to become a psychotherapist. Since then, I’ve worked with children, adolescents, and adults, and I continue to be amazed by how much can shift in the span of a session.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I meet my clients where they are and we work together to address the problems they are facing in the moment. I teach strategies and skills to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and improve mood. Through our work together, clients develop a deeper understanding of who they are, where they come from, and how the past impacts who they are in the present. These discoveries allow them to look closer at the beliefs they’ve developed, mine forgotten strengths, heal more deeply, and create new patterns. Each person processes in their own way, so treatment is always individualized. I believe that balance and laughter are important and healing, so I bring in levity and humor when appropriate. In short, clients leave sessions with the understanding and courage to approach life and their goals in a more integrated, intentional manner.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I am a big believer in holistic care. While psychotherapy is an essential component in addressing emotional health, there is a connection between the mind, body, and spirit, so there are often other factors at play. Thus, in my work with clients, I think about the overall health of the person and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of providers. If there is an area or focus that we agree is important to overall healing, with the client’s permission, I will consult with other providers and connect my clients to referrals within my network for the comprehensive support they need and deserve.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
I believe there are two major barriers to obtaining treatment: accessibility and continued stigma around emotional/mental health. Some people aren’t sure where to search for a therapist, feel uncertain about what they are looking for, or believe they can’t afford to see a therapist weekly. The good news is that there are lots of resources out there now (like Alma) to help people get more information about providers and make it easier to filter for providers that accept insurance or offer a sliding scale. And while there have been major shifts in the way society views mental health and psychotherapy, we still have a long way to go. Depending on the way someone’s family or peers feel about therapy, they may fear judgment if they are in need of mental health services. But the reality is that depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues are incredibly common.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Therapy only requires one thing: for you to show up as yourself. I often hear people express worry about starting therapy or fear that there are specific ways they need to prepare or show up in order for the process to be successful. However, therapy is a space for you to show up as who you are and use the time and space for whatever you need. Therapy facilitates the process of accessing and exploring the parts of you that you may hide from others or feel shame or doubt around, without judgment or expectation. I think this is incredibly important as it allows for deeper healing and provides a sacred space for you to be your true self.
“Therapy facilitates the process of accessing and exploring the parts of you that you may hide from others or feel shame or doubt around, without judgment or expectation.”
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