“I was always sensitive and attuned to the emotions of others; I liked sitting at dinner tables and watching different personalities interact with one another.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I was always sensitive and attuned to the emotions of others; I liked sitting at dinner tables and watching different personalities interact with one another. As time went on, I became increasingly curious about the emotional dynamics within individuals and between them and how these can be shaped by our past experiences. In watching growth and development occur in myself and in those around me, I discovered the power of improved insight. I came to understand that unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior can be unlearned and improved at any stage in the lifetime, and that there were actually people who earn a living building trusting relationships with others in order to facilitate this process. From a young age, I have been quite confident that this was the best possible career path for me.
What should someone know about working with you?
When I start with a new client, we spend the first few sessions getting acquainted and building rapport. Around the third or fourth session, we will decide on at least one goal for treatment and have a concrete discussion about the steps the two of us will take together to help you reach your goals. For some, we spend our sessions learning and practicing specific skills and I may offer short, optional homework assignments. For others, the work is more self-exploratory and insight-oriented. For many, it may be a combination of all of the above and more, depending on the unique individual needs of each client.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited to continue watching the stigma around mental health and therapy slowly deteriorate. We are finally acknowledging that it is okay to not feel okay, and that it is normal and very helpful to talk about it! This makes it possible for us to all continue to normalize discussions about mental wellness, checking in with each other and providing help to those who need it but may have been hesitant to seek it out.
“In watching growth and development occur in myself and in those around me, I discovered the power of improved insight.”