“I work with clients on breaking down old belief systems, which at one point served a purpose, and assist them in creating an adaptive perspective more suited for present circumstances.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Through my own familial, social, and academic challenges, I learned the benefits of therapy at a young age. My therapist served as a teacher and mentor who could help me reach my potential. I learned that it was not what others said about me that was important but how I viewed myself. I have always been drawn to a field where I can assist others in expanding their perspectives through teaching and helping them see the importance of self-love and appreciation. I have previously worked in an aquatics setting where I worked with young children, adolescents, and adults on building self-confidence and trust in unknown territories. I have worked with clients in crisis and on a continuous basis.
What should someone know about working with you?
Today, I work with clients on breaking down old belief systems, which at one point served a purpose, and assist them in creating an adaptive perspective more suited for present circumstances. I focus on the importance of the intrapersonal relationship as well as the interpersonal relationships people create as a way for my clients to continue to explore who they are and what they want to gain in this world. I use an eclectic and holistic approach, relying on ideas from person-centered, psychodynamic, existential, and other theories and combining these with the values of my clients, their cognitive processes, and any potential somatic responses to stressful events.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Through personal work, I have realized that childhood upbringing has a strong influence on the quality of the adult life. Our personal, political, religious, and educational values start with what we are first exposed to in youth. As we experience more through school, social interactions, and work engagements, we tailor our belief and value systems to what we find ourselves most attracted to. I do believe that it is possible to change our way of thinking and living to whatever extent we want. I take into account each of my client’s beliefs and values, which play a major role in their life. I believe that the attitudes we possess have a strong influence on the quality of our lives. We are not static; we are meant to grow, enjoy, and thrive in life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the increased awareness that the mental health field is gaining. I think that it is important to continue to understand that everyone has something that they are exploring and processing. Telehealth is also exciting, as we can have therapy whenever and wherever we want now. If a child becomes sick, someone's schedule becomes too busy, or you go out of town, telehealth can increase the ease of attending sessions.
“I focus on the importance of the intrapersonal relationship as well as the interpersonal relationships people create as a way for my clients to continue to explore who they are and what they want to gain in this world.”