“Establishing a better understanding of self and how our experiences have informed that idea is paramount to healing and progress and this will be a major focus of therapy since none of us exist in a silo.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Following a successful corporate career, I took the plunge, returned to school, and attained my personal and professional goal of becoming a therapist. I come from a place of nonjudgment, empathy, and compassion and see my ability to partner in someone's journey of exploration, change, and healing as an incredible honor. I have worked in outpatient programs, private practices, and criminal justice settings. No matter the environment or the identified reason a person sought therapy, I have always been enamored by those who worked to be vulnerable and open, allowing them to find the authentic, best version of themselves. While I practice in an eclectic manner, it is important to recognize what modalities and interventions would fit best with a client's experience, needs, and goals. One size does not fit all and it is imperative you have a voice in how we work together.
What should someone know about working with you?
Following a brief phone consultation, our first session is primarily a time where I get to know you, your background, and what has brought you to therapy in this exact moment. In time, we will find ways for you to establish safety, allowing you to explore and practice the skills we identify in session to reduce unhealthy or problematic behaviors, thought patterns, and other things you wish to discontinue. Additionally, we will work together to implement skills in a healthy manner to help you move toward your goals. Establishing a better understanding of self and how our experiences have informed that idea is paramount to healing and progress and this will be a major focus of therapy since none of us exist in a silo.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
We do not join this earth as some "finished" product but rather as a person who experiences the world based on those who have supported and loved us, hurt or mistreated us, and most importantly, the way those situations made us feel. We develop beliefs based on the behaviors of and interactions with others throughout our lives. I take very seriously the honor of assisting you to assemble the pieces of your puzzle and either strengthen or disable your beliefs in order for you to progress in a self-identified, healthy manner.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
While there is significant room for improvement, I am incredibly excited to see a cosmic shift in working with people who are questioning or identifying as a part of the LGBTQI+ community. It is not enough to be “tolerant” as all human beings deserve to be heard, witnessed, and accepted and a place this should always be felt is in therapy. I am always learning and evolving and I'm thrilled many of my colleagues are focusing on the same.
“I take very seriously the honor of assisting you to assemble the pieces of your puzzle and either strengthen or disable your beliefs in order for you to progress in a self-identified, healthy manner.”