“While I incorporate a variety of theoretical orientations to fit your individual needs, I am warm, engaged, and interactive in our sessions; I will always listen with compassion and without judgment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
There was never a doubt in my mind that I wanted to help and connect with others in my career. I also always knew that our experiences have a profound impact on us, so I thought, "How can I connect with others to help in their healing process?” The answer was to become a therapist! Like everyone else, I know what it is like to experience everything that comes with life: The beauty, the pain, the joy, and the hardships. I find it absolutely beautiful that no one has to go through all of this alone.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy should never be about pressure. One of my top priorities is to create a strong therapeutic alliance between myself and the client while providing a safe and empathetic space. While I incorporate a variety of theoretical orientations to fit your individual needs, I am warm, engaged, and interactive in our sessions; I will always listen with compassion and without judgment. Our ultimate goal will be for you to see movement toward the life you want and deserve to be living. Sometimes, we know what we want out of therapy and sometimes, we do not; we may just feel like something isn’t quite right. In our therapeutic relationship, we will strive to work as a team to establish and meet your goals.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Within my career and outside of it, I acknowledge that every person is unique in their identities and experiences. Everyone has different multicultural identities, backgrounds, biological makeups, childhood histories, and so forth. This is why I believe it is so important to use interventions from multiple theoretical approaches; there isn’t a one-method-fits-all approach. After getting to know you, I will tailor my approach to best fit your needs and help you attain your goals.
Why is trauma-informed therapy important?
Oftentimes, when we think about trauma, we imagine the worst and most extreme circumstances. While of course childhood abuse, domestic violence, death, and sexual assault are traumatic, events such as break-ups, divorce, moving, or feeling invalidated by your parents are also traumatic. Trauma is anything that either changes your perspective of the world or your perspective of yourself within the world, often leading to unhealthy and unproductive patterns. It doesn’t mean that those patterns are always unhealthy (in many cases, they may even protect us), but they can backfire to the point where they no longer serve a purpose. Through trauma-informed therapy, we will strive to break the cycle of surviving so you can begin to start thriving.
“Through trauma-informed therapy, we will strive to break the cycle of surviving so you can begin to start thriving.”