“In therapy, I work collaboratively with clients to identify areas of change, build on their strengths, and empower them on their path to living a meaningful, healthy, and happy life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Curious from a young age to discover what drives us to be who we are, I have always been fascinated by the intricacies of human nature. How does the brain function? How do biological, environmental, and psychological factors impact our behavior? What is the role of societal and cultural elements in our identity development and sense of self? Looking for answers to such questions and recognizing through personal and professional experiences that our physical health is inextricably intertwined with our psychological wellbeing, it was no surprise that my training and research focused on health psychology, neuropsychology, and substance use. In therapy, I work collaboratively with clients to identify areas of change, build on their strengths, and empower them on their path to living a meaningful, healthy, and happy life.
What should someone know about working with you?
Each person brings to therapy a unique life story that deserves to be heard in a trusting and respectful environment. We will spend the first sessions gaining an understanding of who you are and what brings you to therapy. Together, we will develop a plan with realistic goals that address your needs and desires. We will move through the sessions at a pace that feels safe and meaningful and we will build a therapeutic collaboration that enables us to explore your thoughts and feelings with nonjudgmental curiosity and kind openness to your life experiences. Therapy has the magnificent potential to provide space where you can pause from the busy routine, reflect on helpful and unhelpful habits, and feel empowered to live a life consistent with your values.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Research shows that providing integrated care improves health outcomes. As a health psychology specialist, I employ a whole-health approach to mental health and wellness. Collaborating with professionals from other disciplines — such as psychiatry, family medicine, nutrition, oncology, physical and occupational therapy, and others — is key to creating an integrated treatment team that places the client in the center of quality individualized, comprehensive care.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Taking the first step towards wellness shows bravery and investment in your health. Stigma is one of the most significant barriers to seeking help; it influences people’s views of therapy and those who seek it, and it can have detrimental effects on health and functioning when it deters someone from getting help. In our sessions, let’s openly discuss any concerns you might have in a way that honors your personal experiences, addresses societal and cultural influences, and opens the door to creating an authentic way of living.
How long does therapy typically last?
There are several factors that we will consider together when determining your treatment plan and length of therapy. For example, when seeking treatment for a reason, such as insomnia, chronic pain, smoking cessation, or a specific phobia, therapy might be targeted and short-term. When seeking treatment for a combination of reasons, identity development, coping with a stressor, adjustment to a life change, chronic illness, or recovery from trauma, we will collaboratively evaluate the duration of therapy as we move through sessions empowering you to adaptively manage the stressor on your own. If therapy is a way for you to maintain wellness as part of a healthy lifestyle, not dissimilar to practicing regular physical exercise and meditation, we will work together to create a wellness plan tailored to meet your specific needs.
“We will move through the sessions at a pace that feels safe and meaningful and we will build a therapeutic collaboration that enables us to explore your thoughts and feelings with nonjudgmental curiosity and kind openness to your life experiences.”