“While my job is to provide you with insight and clarity, my utmost goal is to create an environment where we are working together to treat your goals and needs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
Like many in the mental health field, I care a lot about people and chose this path because I wanted to make a difference. Everyone has a story to tell about what has led them to be the dynamic individual they are today. I strive to make every client feel important and heard. I empathize with any difficulties they may be going through, and hope to create a safe and meaningful space for self expression and healing. I think young adolescents and young adulthood is such a pivotal time in one’s life. It’s when you’re becoming who you are, while deciding who you want to become. During these life stages, there are so many exciting changes, and also life altering hardships and disappointments. I work with clients to recognize patterns of behavior, and together we can create more positive changes to help cope with life stressors.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
Through my years of experience, I have many therapeutic tools to help assist my clients but, my therapeutic approach is always to meet my client where they are at right now in their life. This space is for YOU. While my job is to provide you with insight and clarity, my utmost goal is to create an environment where we are working together to treat your goals and needs. Our first few sessions are all about creating a comfortable working environment and learning about who you are. I'm interested in learning your background, upbringing, current life events and what brings you to therapy. Many people describe feeling like a weight has been lifted and feel relieved to have space for them to be seen and heard.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
Teamwork is key to any healthy dynamic. Whether it be in the therapeutic dyad that we create in session, or through collaboration with psychiatrists, nutritionists, or other family members. None of us alone have all the answers! However, through working together we can ensure that you are receiving the best treatment and help possible.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
There are so many obstacles that get in the way of people seeking mental health care. The biggest barriers may be time and fear. Today’s world is so busy. We’re expected to be so much, do so much, and if we’re admitting to a problem, we often feel broken, judged or just “bad.” These negative thoughts and feelings couldn't be further from the truth and yet it is so common. It takes an amazing person to acknowledge that “hey, I could use a little help here!”... Because I think we could all use a little help, I always say that therapy is for everyone and that therapy can help everyone!
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant try it, what would that be?
Therapy can feel intimidating. It’s a scary thing to come into a session with a complete stranger and express yourself. I want you to know that when you walk in, I will be greeting you with a warm smile. The fact that you have chosen to give therapy a try is so impressive! You are showing up for yourself and are willing to do something new, and that takes courage and openness. Change is scary, but so much greatness lies in discomfort, so don’t be afraid of it. We are in this together!
“Change is scary, but so much greatness lies in discomfort, so don’t be afraid of it. We are in this together!”
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