“One of my many goals in this field is to break the stigma of therapy and help people understand that talking about emotions and navigating feelings is normal, and is truly the key to a healthier overall life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I have always gravitated toward people who need a bit of extra help. As a counselor at a sleepaway camp, my heart exploded each time a child learned a new skill that they didn't believe they could accomplish. Witnessing other people’s self-empowerment left me hungry to research and learn more about the human experience and condition. I also work as a mental health coordinator at the Supreme Court, where I identify clients struggling with addiction and mental illness to support them through court-mandated treatment programs as an alternative to incarceration. This position continues to help me further understand human behavior and allows me to contribute to criminal justice reform.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
In our first session, I focus on building a therapeutic relationship and making space for comfort and zero judgment. We will chat about the reason why therapy has become interesting to you, and if there is anything specific you’d like to work on. From there, we will set attainable goals and build out a working treatment plan. I focus on free-flowing conversation and encourage my clients to navigate their time however they like, and I believe that having goals in place will better facilitate progress and empowerment.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
I think the biggest barrier that prevents people from seeking care today is the idea of feeling less than or judged by others. One of my many goals in this field is to break the stigma of therapy and help people understand that talking about emotions and navigating feelings is normal, and is truly the key to a healthier overall life.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Going to therapy feels like a weight being lifted off your shoulders. Many of my clients express how good they feel after their sessions, even when the topics we’ve discussed are scary and filled with negative emotions. Even just one session can create a strong feeling of empowerment that motivates both progress and positivity.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
People are talking about their mental health much more now than ever before. This is exciting for therapists and professionals in the wellness community because stigmatization is starting to break down. I am also really excited about accessibility in the mental health space. Mental health professionals like myself are broadening the scope of wellness so that it addresses the full person and their individual ideas of what serves their mental health, like nutrition, exercise, and other holistic avenues.
“Witnessing other people’s self-empowerment left me hungry to research and learn more about the human experience and condition.”