“In working with me, the three simple rules are as follows: Honesty, self-compassion, and patience.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew I wanted to be a therapist in high school when I experienced my own struggles of adolescence, the transition into adulthood, and finding my own identity. I have always been intrigued by the human mind and fascinated by how our evolved brains can be so powerful and yet so difficult to manage. I disagree with the notion that we need to be "broken" to want to grow and evolve as people. I have extensive experience counseling in substance abuse settings, working with individuals who have hit "rock bottom" and have lost almost everything short of their heartbeat and their faith. The determination and commitment I’ve seen in these individuals has assured me that, no matter your race, gender, age or upbringing, we are all flawed human beings trying to survive and are each deserving of healing. In my own journey, I have learned to love and accept myself despite any imperfections and I want to share that wisdom with the world.
What should someone know about working with you?
I seek to create a judgment-free space where we simply explore your past with compassion and curiosity through a mindful approach that identifies areas of your life needing more focus and improvement. In working with me, the three simple rules are as follows: Honesty, self-compassion, and patience. We are going to work collaboratively to understand your story (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and how it has affected you. I will assist you in learning to eradicate self-doubt and self-defeating thoughts. The level of structure in our sessions and homework assignments are at your discretion but I strongly encourage self-reflective practices outside of sessions. Let’s work together in regaining self-confidence, inner peace, and self-fulfillment; you were placed on this earth because you deserve it!
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I truly value the importance of introspection, self-acceptance, and integrity. I can appreciate the difficult pressures the world places on us to be certain people and to do certain things as well as the common feeling of inadequacy. I value social connectedness and believe this is paramount to our survival and contentment. I also believe our connections with others can often be a projection or mirror of ourselves and I support the notion that a secure relationship within ourselves creates the foundation for our integrity and, ultimately, leads to healthier relationships. I believe that our self-awareness can enable us to govern our own behaviors in a conscious and purposeful manner.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
My hope is for the diminished stigma of mental illness and mental health issues. I believe mental health wellness and emotional intelligence are being viewed with higher value and seeking treatment is much more normalized. I am very grateful to be part of such an integral piece of human evolution.
“Let’s work together in regaining self-confidence, inner peace, and self-fulfillment; you were placed on this earth because you deserve it!”