“As someone who knows how hard it can be to share the most tender and vulnerable parts of myself, I have the utmost respect and compassion for the courage of others who come forward with their own stories and healing journeys.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey to becoming a therapist began when I discovered the power of using the creative arts to process feelings and reflect on experiences. For as long as I can remember, I was always drawn to art-making for my own healing. This led me to graduate training for creative arts therapy 15 years ago. In the time since, I have become interested in a body-centered approach to growth and healing and am in my last year of postgraduate training in Gestalt therapy. I place a lot of value on the relationships I have cultivated throughout my life and see the therapist-client relationship as no different. As someone who knows how hard it can be to share the most tender and vulnerable parts of myself, I have the utmost respect and compassion for the courage of others who come forward with their own stories and healing journeys. I find it an incredible honor to be with others in their pain, anger, grief, joy, and laughter.
What should someone know about working with you?
In working with me, you will find someone who deeply cares about learning who you are, your interests, your desires, and your struggles. I see the therapeutic relationship as a collaboration and an opportunity for growth and change. As we begin to bring awareness to your experiences and life day-to-day, we make space for small shifts and changes that ultimately leads to a deeper understanding and accepting of oneself. I wholeheartedly believe that the client is the expert on their own life and that my role is to guide with curiosity and presence.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe that learning and growth are lifelong endeavors. I find that the new and ever-changing research on the brain and mind-body connection is incredibly exciting. I love to read and am always seeking out book recommendations from friends and colleagues. I also believe that learning about myself is as equally important to being an effective provider. I get support by participating in my own weekly therapy, both group and individual. I also work with a clinical supervisor trained in Gestalt therapy.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
A few of my core values are that, as humans, we all have a basic need for love and acceptance. I see individuals as whole as opposed to broken or needing to be fixed. I believe that, through connection with a loving other, we heal. These values inform the importance I place on the therapeutic relationship.
“I believe that, through connection with a loving other, we heal.”