“My own journey through anxiety and depression, and the process of healing and feeling empowered and alive again, moved me to become a counselor.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve worn many hats and done all sorts of work in this life; I’ve been a mother, student, musician, photographer, barista, and service coordinator. In my forties, I felt the need to do work that had the potential to help others on a more profound level. My own journey through anxiety and depression, and the process of healing and feeling empowered and alive again, moved me to become a counselor. I am honored to do this work and humbled every day by the resilience of the human spirit and the courage of those who seek counseling.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work collaboratively with clients to help them gain clarity regarding their challenges and strengths and define the changes they want to experience. Everyone is different and a person’s needs don’t remain static: you may love worksheets and a cognitive approach, or you may need a safe place to be heard and process painful emotions. No matter what therapeutic approach is appropriate and effective at a given time, all clients deserve empathy and respect and I offer that unconditionally. People often describe me as grounded and calm; I think that’s important because it enables me to hold that space for you. I want to give you the freedom to explore thoughts and emotions genuinely in a safe place without fear of judgment.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration is indispensable as it can provide a broader perspective and valuable information. The combined experience and knowledge of a team is uniquely important and, in my experience, working in collaboration with others has often led to beneficial insights, useful resources, and deeper understanding.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It’s natural to experience uneasiness or anxiety when considering therapy, especially if you are seeking it for the first time. I’ve spoken with many clients who range from feeling mild discomfort to significant anxiety at the start of a consultation and then report that they felt encouraged and very relieved as the meeting progressed. As with many new experiences, anticipation of the event is often the worst part. It takes courage to take that first step; as a therapist, I am there to provide support to make it as easy as possible for you.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited about the increasing accessibility of mental health therapy as online and remote therapy emerges. I’m also excited about the opportunity Alma has created to make psychotherapy accessible to a greater number of people. There is an overwhelming need for accessible mental health treatment that has historically gone unmet. It appears that this is changing.
“People often describe me as grounded and calm; I think that’s important because it enables me to hold that space for you.”