“My work as a therapist is an honor and a privilege that allows me to interact with others in their most vulnerable states and it is not one that I take lightly.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started out with a career in real estate but always had a passion for psychology and the inner workings of the brain and human behavior. Through my own therapeutic journey, I discovered that my current career was not fulfilling me in the meaningful way I was longing for. Upon making the transition to a career as a therapist, I finally felt as if I was where I was meant to be. My personal experience with therapy and the many life challenges it has helped me to overcome and uncover has allowed me the utmost confidence in the belief that this process is effective and that on the other side of the hard work of self-discovery, a more fulfilling life is waiting. My work as a therapist is an honor and a privilege that allows me to interact with others in their most vulnerable states and it is not one that I take lightly. I am humbled by each session and by each client and continue to be inspired and amazed by the resilience and triumph of the human spirit.
What should someone know about working with you?
I make it a priority to meet each individual where they are and explore how their unique journey has shaped and informed the person they are today as well as the person they are striving to become. I believe that each of us operates in many ways that we are not even aware of while also being unaware of the origins of those behaviors. Through our work together, we will uncover your patterns and how they came to be while working to reshape them in a way that serves your goals. I work from a strengths-based philosophy and try to focus our work and efforts on building upon strengths and accepting and honoring perceived shortcomings.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I stay up-to-date with continuing education courses, conferences, and literature to ensure that I am using the most effective practices and techniques to support my clients. I also work on collaborating with other therapists to expand my range of ideas, tools, and ways of working to the best of my ability. I am continually working on growing and expanding myself and striving to personally do the hard work that I encourage my clients to do.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I tend to see the world through a positive lens, which allows me to view the best in others. I believe that each person's unique story leads them to become who they are. I feel that our society does not adequately equip us to handle big, uncomfortable emotions like grief, sadness, embarrassment, or pain. Many of us did not learn ways to cope with emotions and did not see this modeled appropriately by the adults in our lives. As a culture, we tend to turn away from other's vulnerability and pain due to our lack of understanding and ability to experience our own. I find that many of our challenges can lead us back to this missed opportunity and my work tends to find its way back to this belief.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am so excited by the direction that mental health has been heading in the past few years and how normalized the experience has become. As the stigma begins to fall away, I feel we have more people than ever willing to take the plunge into learning about themselves and working through their challenges. I think this shift has a large scale impact on how we show up in the world and interact with each other. The more self-awareness that people collectively define, the more compassion and empathy we begin to show to ourselves and in turn to one another. At a time when people are yearning for more connection and to be seen, the advances in technology and research allow mental health providers to access more people in more effective ways.
“I am humbled by each session and by each client and continue to be inspired and amazed by the resilience and triumph of the human spirit.”