“I am passionate about creating a comfortable and validating environment where you know that you are free to be your most honest and open self.”
What was your path to becoming a creative arts therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I have always had a passion for helping people, relationships, and psychology. I studied theatre as an undergraduate and realized that what moved me most about it was the sense of ritual, the power of storytelling, and the catharsis of empathizing deeply with a character’s experience. When I discovered that drama therapy is a field that combines all of my passions, I knew I had found my calling. I shifted away from a life as an artist so that I could make a path as a mental health professional.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
When we first start to work with each other, my top goal will be customizing a therapeutic experience that feels right for you. I am passionate about creating a comfortable and validating environment where you know that you are free to be your most honest and open self. I am genuinely invested in getting to know you while nonjudgmentally exploring and supporting your unique complexities and challenges. In a therapeutic relationship, I value down-to-earth communication, humor when appropriate, and authenticity. In our first few sessions, we will establish our therapeutic alliance and trust and discuss what you would like to get out of our work together. I hope that from the very first day we work together, you get the sense that you are no longer alone in carrying any burdens weighing on you. We will be a team and navigate everything together.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
I think one of the biggest barriers for people seeking care is the fact that we live in a society where we do not prioritize taking time for ourselves. We rush from one thing to the next and we often tell ourselves that there is no time to address what is truly holding us back—that it’s best to just “suck it up” and keep on moving. Taking the leap to engage in the therapeutic process is making the beautifully radical statement that you are going to prioritize your own needs so that you can be a more engaged, fulfilled, and peaceful version of yourself. I hope our work together can be a space where you get to breathe, self-reflect, work through obstacles, and give yourself the time you deserve.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
We often get so stuck in our own well-worn patterns that we start to believe we have fewer options than we actually have. Our patterns trick us into thinking there is no escape from our life circumstances, so we are hesitant to seek help. I would want to tell someone who is unsure about starting therapy that sometimes all it takes is caring and engaged therapeutic support to unlock new possibilities and pathways. I know that taking a deep look inward can be intimidating, which is why I do everything I can to create an experience that feels like home to you. I know that you are the foremost expert on you, and I want to be there to support you in unlocking your greatest potential and reaching the goals that you set for yourself.
What is drama therapy and how would it come into play in our work together?
I understand that, to some, drama therapy sounds intimidating or, at the very least, confusing. You might be nervous that a drama therapist would ask you to get up and perform a monologue in a session. Drama therapy is not about acting at all—it uses the principles of theatre, such as role, metaphor, story, ritual, and interpersonal collaboration, as a means to accomplish therapeutic goals. Most of my sessions will be in a more traditional talk therapy format, unless you are interested in using some drama therapeutic interventions. Drama therapy is, however, the lens through which I see the world. Examining the roles we play in our lives and the way they sometimes conflict and butt up against each other can be a very effective way to learn about ourselves, unlock patterns that are no longer useful, and grow.
“I hope that from the very first day we work together, you get the sense that you are no longer alone in carrying any burdens weighing on you.”