“I love the journey of helping people understand who they are and what motivates their behaviors and actions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Back in high school, I noticed many of my peers, as well as myself, were struggling with feelings of overwhelm. I felt very attuned to the struggles of adolescence and, when a teacher mentioned that “you can become a therapist in two years,” I made a decision. I set out on that path, learning more about emotions and behaviors and how to help people feel more in control. Life and work shaped my current clinical focus and I found myself drawn to people struggling with anxiety, trauma, and maternal wellness issues. To increase my skills, I’ve completed training in EMDR and internal family systems, both of which address trauma. I’ve also spent countless hours in supervision to deepen my work
What should someone know about working with you?
The first thing I like people to know is that I love being a therapist. I love the journey of helping people understand who they are and what motivates their behaviors and actions. When a client uncovers or discovers something new about themselves, it’s exciting. It truly feels like a gift to help clients improve their day-to-day functioning, decrease overwhelm, and overcome their challenges.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
You are normal and it’s common to feel hesitant or have reservations before beginning therapy. If you’ve never been to therapy before, then you’re embarking on a totally new type of relationship and we all feel fear when entering into the unknown. Share your concerns with your therapist and experience the validation and warmth that they offer. Therapy begets therapy — you grow empowered with each session and you look forward to next time. Each session offers a place for you to discover who you are and why you are the way you are. In a non-judgmental and safe space, you will have the opportunity to verbalize all of your thoughts and feelings and find ways to lead a happier, more fulfilling life.
What makes your approach to therapy different?
Every therapist brings their own unique personality to the therapeutic relationship. In working with me, clients may not know the details of my life, but they’ll get to know who I am. Clients feel my support, hear my encouragement and validation, and, hopefully, enjoy my sense of humor.
What can clients gain from therapy?
Therapy can be deep and heavy. It’s a place for clients to talk about and discover their stress, fears, and pain. But it’s also a place to share their hopes and dreams and to discover who they are in a deep and meaningful way. It’s their time to talk about anything that’s on their mind and find comfort. There is a lot of relief that comes from verbalizing difficulties and sharing burdens. We’ll explore solutions and, if clients want, I can give homework, too.
“In a non-judgmental and safe space, you will have the opportunity to verbalize all of your thoughts and feelings and find ways to lead a happier, more fulfilling life.”