“I can't promise that the path to healing is easy, but I do promise to partner with you and find the pieces of humor and light along the way.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I believe there is no "right" path to becoming a therapist and I entered this beautiful profession after years spent in an entirely different field. I also believe there is truth to the common notion that a satisfying profession is the key to a happy and satisfied life. Growing up, I pondered the puzzling question of, "Who am I?” I also wondered why people are the way they are, why we interrelate differently with others, and if our behaviors are expressed through freewill or deep-rooted conformity. Personally and professionally, I am a lifelong learner and have been trained in a wide variety of methods for personal healing and transformation, including internal family systems, somatic healing, existential approach, mindfulness based-stress reduction, REBT, CBT, and DBT. I continue to be impressed by the profound resilience, healing, and transformation that is already present within us. I want to be a part of this journey with you so that you can access and live from your inner strength and abilities while addressing the fears, negative judgments, and self-defeating thoughts that further one’s suffering.
What should someone know about working with you?
First of all, you are taking a very brave initial step by even looking for a therapist. I look forward to hearing from you, exploring whether we might work well together, and becoming a part of your journey. I want you to know that finding the right therapist can be a very daunting process. So, take your time and take some breaths; we can do this together! I can't promise that the path to healing is easy, but I do promise to partner with you and find the pieces of humor and light along the way. Working with me, you will find yourself getting to the heart of complex and deep-rooted issues. I strive to create a safe and validating space within my practice, one that is grounded and developed upon the belief that every individual encounters their own journey to wellness and healing. My goal is to create a therapeutic alliance built upon individualized care, mutual respect, and trust. If you are an individual who is ready to reach your fullest potential by virtue of taking on tough challenges and dreaming big dreams, I look forward to hearing from you!
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe self-compassion is the key to stopping shame and false beliefs, two elements that keep individuals locked in unhealthy and addictive behaviors. With addictive behavior, I question what is good about the behavior as opposed to judging it; I focus on the deeper problem and not the presenting symptom. I strive to be a therapist with strong communication skills, and one who is motivated, optimistic, and conscientious. I want to maintain a compassionate and approachable demeanor while treating clients through the lens of nonjudgment. I want you to have an undeniable opportunity to handle present challenges effectively while also navigating through the more complex issues that are often hidden behind the disordered behaviors. As a progressive professional and lifelong learner, various experiences fortified my thirst for deeper knowledge of attachment wounds, complex trauma, relational trauma, and PTSD; these challenges are sometimes overlooked and require further exploration in therapy. I believe therapy, like life, is a journey.
How would others describe you and your therapeutic style?
I have been told that people warm up to me quickly and that I present with genuine interest. I enjoy helping clients reach goals and learn new behaviors. Being a clinical supervisor in an outpatient substance abuse facility, I have been told that I have strong communication skills, and that I’m motivated, optimistic, and conscientious. I have also been told that I have a compassionate and approachable demeanor.
“I strive to create a safe and validating space within my practice, one that is grounded and developed upon the belief that every individual encounters their own journey to wellness and healing.”