“I firmly believe that a collaborative relationship serves as a source of healing for the client and is key to successful treatment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I was always curious about others and wondered about their life stories, personalities, successes, and struggles. Individuals have expressed that they felt comfortable sharing their life experiences with me. My curiosity about others and my ability to actively listen led me to a career in mental health counseling. My years in the field allowed me to work with different individuals in numerous settings like schools, community health centers, and day treatment programs. As I became more experienced in the field, I focused on family therapy and working with children and adolescents, though I have training in different modalities. My career path has solidified how important it is for individuals to have a safe place to share their stories while being reminded that they have the power to change the narrative. Like Carl Bard said, “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new beginning.”
What should someone know about working with you?
In the first session, I intend to get a better understanding of what elicited you to seek therapy and what your goals are. I firmly believe that a collaborative relationship serves as a source of healing for the client and is key to successful treatment. I have confidence in the idea that you are the expert on your own life; you know your experiences, thoughts, and feelings in detail, better than anyone else. Because of this, you can bring a lot to the table as we problem-solve some of the difficulties you are facing and I invite you to take an active role in the treatment process. We will collaborate and assess throughout treatment whether a referral to other providers is needed.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue to learn and build my competence in the field through literature, training, supervision, and therapeutic relationships. I enjoy reading books that enhance my growth as a therapist and empower me to better support my clients. As a licensed therapist, it’s a requirement to participate in training to stay current with advances in the field and learn about different therapeutic interventions. Moreover, I participate in a network where I have access to numerous therapists and providers who can offer me a different perspective on approaching challenges. Lastly, being granted the opportunity to play a role in my clients’ journeys inspires my knowledge and clinical practice.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It’s a great time to be a therapist due to the ability to use teletherapy. Teletherapy allows mental health care to be more affordable and accessible. Virtual visits allow for the ability to remotely support clients during a time when in-person care may not be an option for many. I genuinely believe that people are now understanding the importance of therapy and accepting the need for support. There has been an increase in supporting campaigns, education, and initiatives to change the stigma associated with mental and behavioral health issues. There has been meaningful engagement across different companies to draw attention to some of these issues and provide opportunity. Some companies are beginning to offer tools for identifying, understanding, and responding to signs of mental health. We have also seen a significant movement in ensuring students have access to mental health providers at school through the ThriveNYC initiative.
“You can bring a lot to the table as we problem-solve some of the difficulties you are facing and I invite you to take an active role in the treatment process.”