“In therapy, I learned how to prioritize myself and make choices that made me happy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist developed from a desire to help others find clarity and resolution with their choices and experiences. After spending some time pursuing a career that did not fulfill my happiness, I sought therapy to gain some insight. In therapy, I learned how to prioritize myself and make choices that made me happy. I learned the importance of having space to process, unpack, and explore different parts of myself, and now my therapeutic process with clients is rooted in creating this space for others. I have experience working in psychiatric settings, college counseling centers, and private practice. I help individuals gain insight and dive deep into self-exploration so they can figure out how to accomplish their goals and feel fulfilled in their lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our work together will begin with a lot of self-exploration after you state your goals for therapy. My approach is person-centered, meaning the client has full control over our session and what we discuss in our time together. While listening empathetically in a nonjudgmental space, it is my hope that you will feel safe, validated, and supported so you can navigate the challenges that are coming up for you in your life. I invite my clients to be flexible with their thinking patterns; I ask them to see things from a different viewpoint. I understand the importance of feeling connected and safe and I strive to incorporate this into our working relationship. I enjoy working with individuals who are seasoned clients as well as people who are scared to take the first step in seeking out a therapist.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I find it exciting to witness younger generations who are opening the dialogue around mental health struggles. If we continue to speak openly about receiving help for mental health-related issues, it is my hope that the stigma against going to therapy will decrease. Therapy is a space to process a plethora of confusing aspects of your journey and anyone can benefit from seeking a therapist in their life. Teletherapy allows therapy to become more accessible for people to gain support, which gives more people the opportunity to grow and heal.
What would you say to someone who is looking for a therapist for the first time?
If you are considering therapy for the first time, I would start by congratulating you on taking this monumental step for yourself. Finding the right therapist can be overwhelming; honesty and transparency about your goals and what kind of approach you are looking for can be great tools to help narrow down your search. Understanding your therapy goals might be overwhelming at first, but explaining what might be causing you difficulty in life is a perfect way to recognize where you might want to start in therapy!
“I learned the importance of having space to process, unpack, and explore different parts of myself, and now my therapeutic process with clients is rooted in creating this space for others.”