“I like to ensure clients feel safe and supported during my sessions and that the dialog flows like a natural conversation.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been an empathetic person. In tune with the emotions surrounding me, I had a strong desire to understand human behavior and a curiosity about how our minds work. I was also the person people turned to in crisis. So it felt natural to become a therapist. During my graduate studies, I was fascinated by how early experiences of trauma manifest as mental health issues in adults. It was very relatable for me, as I grew up in a dysfunctional family and can remember experiencing anxiety and a lack of support as a young adult. This drove me to focus on teens and young adults and to provide that supportive experience in an effort to prevent them from carrying the burden of mental health into their adult lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like to ensure clients feel safe and supported during my sessions and that the dialog flows like a natural conversation. I tend to focus on building a trusting relationship, spending time getting to know the client as a person and easing into the therapeutic process at their own pace. First sessions are focused on building trust, exploring interventions and outcomes, and individualizing a treatment plan. Clinical interventions tend to fluctuate between cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused interventions. My personal style is vocal and I provide feedback that encourages clients to explore their feelings.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
As a therapist, we are trained to evaluate a client as a whole and not just focus on their reason for seeking treatment. This is why it's necessary for us to work as an integrative system and collaborate with other providers. Working together helps me make referrals for proper or additional services, provides me with guidance and clinical supervision, and enhances my skill set by allowing me to learn from other mental health and health professionals. I'm excited for this opportunity to join a network of great professionals and for the ability to better serve my clients.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
There are a lot of stigmas attached to mental health services, which is why hesitation is normal for someone new to therapy. I first would encourage you to consider your mental health no different than any other medical concern; emotional healing is just as important as the rest of our bodies and should be treated with the same mindset. Therapists are well prepared to discuss barriers and help you decide if treatment is right for you and what treatments are appropriate. Bring questions and concerns to your intake session!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am mostly excited about the growth and enhancement of technology in the mental health field and how it has eliminated the barriers of seeking treatment. There are so many new platforms for individuals to find support and anyone can obtain services. With the expansion of telemental health, there has been an influx of younger generations seeking treatment. Teletherapy brings services to communities with fewer resources, helps the busy and overworked person find self-care on their time, and eliminates stigma so that more people are willing to seek support.
“Emotional healing is just as important as the rest of our bodies and should be treated with the same mindset.”