“Psychotherapy and change happen best when the therapist and client form a bond and create a safe and caring space (I follow this belief, diligently).”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I first became interested in the therapeutic and mental health field while watching those close to me struggle with untreated anxiety, depression, and familial conflicts. It became important to me to provide tools that included a safe space for self-exploration, self-resilience, more adaptive behaviors, and thinking. I initially followed my career into the corporate world and then switched to psychotherapy to combine my experiences and beliefs for self-betterment and self-discovery. I consider myself a humanistic counselor with an open and curious approach.
What should someone know about working with you?
Psychotherapy and change happen best when the therapist and client form a bond and create a safe and caring space (I follow this belief, diligently). I believe my clients know themselves best and through working together we depict their thoughts and experiences and how these may impact their lives, themselves, and their interpersonal relationships. My clients and I work together toward creating a safe space for self-exploration, verbalizing their narrative, and creating the possibility for positive change by observing and bringing forth awareness.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I have truly appreciated the increase in our society’s acceptance, awareness, and curiosity of self-exploration and mental health struggles. I believe the change is providing a much-needed space for vulnerability to exist, ultimately bringing forth collective awareness and positive transformation to society as a whole.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I always meet my clients as they are and my approach focuses on what’s best for them and their needs. If necessary, I provide referrals and collaborate with all parties to ensure my client’s needs are being addressed.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Hesitancy around therapy is common and understandable; it can feel like a tremendous mountain to climb when bringing someone new into your experience. Something I like to remind my clients when beginning psychotherapy treatment is to practice open-mindedness as it is essential to feeling support. In my experience, building rapport is a significant requirement in that it allows vulnerability and positive change to occur. I always encourage my clients to find the right fit as it's vital to our work together.
“My clients and I work together toward creating a safe space for self-exploration, verbalizing their narrative, and creating the possibility for positive change by observing and bringing forth awareness.”