“Being aware of issues is Step 1.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am genuinely interested in others and being curious about people is my nature. I was a waitress for nine years and used my skills there, but I always knew I wanted to be a therapist. This desire started when I was 17-years-old and admitted to the psych ward after a manic episode. I remember seeing white coats with clipboards and thinking, "They couldn’t care less." My next thought was literally a promise I made to myself: "One day, I am going to do your job and do it waaaay better!" So, here I am. I have worked in substance abuse treatment centers with dual diagnosis clients ranging from bipolar disorder to dissociative identity/multiple personality. I specialize in trauma with EMDR because I believe our issues stem from our core beliefs formed throughout the past and that they are reinforced by our thoughts in the present. Being aware of issues is Step 1. Step 2 is the solution and it is rarely something you have thought of before (or you'd be healed); rather, it lies somewhere in your subconscious.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about telehealth and its convenience, saving you time and me time so I can help more people. I like in-person therapy too; whatever best suits your needs is what we need to do. I am excited for new research on ADHD. When my brother was diagnosed with ADHD and I was old enough to understand it, my hypothesis was that trauma affects parts of the brain that cause ADHD.
Have you ever asked, "I know what to do. Why can't I just do it?"
What does that tell you? You are intelligent. You are practical. Even if you don't believe you are these two things, you know that you know what to do and that there is some block not allowing it to happen. Unlock your block with some hypothetical questions and by addressing the subconscious.
“Step 2 is the solution and it is rarely something you have thought of before (or you'd be healed); rather, it lies somewhere in your subconscious.”