“My theoretical orientation is naturally psychodynamic, as I look at and explore the root cause or contributing factors that led to the development of any concern.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Many therapists are identified as wounded healers. My path to becoming a healing and helping professional began as a young adult transitioning from my adolescence. I sought out to heal myself through self-work and by creating a healthy and balanced life through all the challenges I faced. Fast forward decades in the future, I’ve shaped a career for myself that focuses on helping others help themselves with insight, healing, growth, and personal change.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize an integrative, client-centered, eccentric, and collaborative approach to helping someone heal through their challenges. My theoretical orientation is naturally psychodynamic, as I look at and explore the root cause or contributing factors that led to the development of any concern. I also use coaching skills and positive psychology in many of my sessions. By looking into the past and looking into ourselves with the right mindset, a great depth of growth can occur. Every client identifies their goals for treatment and I assist them in getting to that destination.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am an avid researcher, blogger, public speaker, and educator. I consistently engage in trainings that help me learn new insight and tools to benefit my clients. My favorite research-based institutions that I train with are Columbia University, New York University, Rutgers University, and Psychotherapy Networker.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I strive to live a life of wellness that allows me to be my best self. This process can be challenging for me like it is for many others. It can be a roller coaster some days and smooth sailing other days. I engage in my own self-care strategies and have a personal commitment to the betterment of my overall wellbeing. This allows me to be a better therapist and coach.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about pioneering education and treatment movements related to plant-based and naturopathic treatment solutions for mental health sufferers. Alternative treatment methods have brought forth the truth about the detrimental long-term effects of psychotropic and big pharma medications. If we all cared for our mind and our emotions with the same attention and enthusiasm given to our physical well beings, mental health awareness would be much more valued. I am excited that our modern era brings more attention to the importance of treating our mental health concerns.
Why do your clients call you “The Happy Therapist”?
My clients named me “The Happy Therapist” during the beginnings of my career. During those years, I worked in medical and state-funded mental health institutions where more than 90% of my clients were court-ordered to have mental health or substance abuse treatment. I knew the clients entering my programs were in a tough place emotionally, so I strived to always present a positive attitude, a positive demeanor, and a warm, gentle smile. Eventually, clients asked to work with me and referred to me as, “The Happy Therapist.” I accepted the name and it has carried with me and my counseling style ever since.
“I also use coaching skills and positive psychology in many of my sessions.”