“I always meet my clients where they are on their journeys and work at their speeds.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
What inspired me to become a psychotherapist was my ability to empathize with others’ hardships from a very young age. As I grew older, I found that childhood experiences play a significant role in present-day behaviors and thought processes—and I believe that this is important for those who are struggling with mental health issues to understand. With that said, I have made it my mission to help guide others in expanding their insight and self-awareness to promote positive and life-long change. With each of my clients, I strive to instill hope, provide encouragement, and be a source of safety and security.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
While working with me, you will never be pressured to disclose or discuss anything that you aren’t ready to. I always meet my clients where they are on their journeys and work at their speeds. I am also here to help you explore your goals: personal, relational, and professional. This includes working with you to recognize the ways in which you’re already taking steps toward reaching your ambitions and helping you acknowledge when you’re making progress. In time, you will find that you begin to feel more confident, which will then encourage you to continue flourishing.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
In many cases, I think that it’s important to collaborate with other providers. It’s critical to be cognizant of the fact that physical health directly impacts mental health—and it’s beneficial to be working toward improving both areas in one’s life simultaneously. By allowing me to collaborate with another provider (whether it be with a psychiatrist, nutritionist, and/or primary care physician), an individual can expect to see the most significant, holistic improvements in their life.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy doesn’t have to be as intimidating as their nerves may be making it out to be. Therapists are people, just like you, who want nothing more than to help you feel heard and understood in a judgment-free environment. I think people would be pleasantly surprised by how liberating it feels to take the first step toward helping themselves find peace and healing.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
What excites me most is that there’s starting to be more emphasis placed on the role that spirituality plays in mental health. I want to make it clear that spirituality is not the same as religion, and that one can be spiritual without identifying as religious. Spirituality is based on the experience of connectedness, and it can be extraordinarily helpful in finding peace, purpose, and even forgiveness. Therefore, I believe that this component can truly aid in the treatment process—if the client is open to it.
“I think people would be pleasantly surprised by how liberating it feels to take the first step toward helping themselves find peace and healing.”