“The most important things to me are that my clients always feel safe, heard, and understood. My clients would say that my therapeutic style is warm, compassionate and empowering, and our sessions often incorporate laughter and humor when appropriate.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
My path to becoming a therapist started when I was a teenager. During my parents' divorce, I saw a therapist who helped me feel safe at a time when things felt very chaotic at home. That experience stuck with me and I reached out for support as a young adult struggling with various life challenges. Through my own extensive personal growth work, I know the life-changing transformation and healing that can occur with the help of a committed therapist. I'm passionate about helping others heal from their past, overcome current challenges, and live happier, fuller lives.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
The most important things to me are that my clients feel safe, heard, and understood. My therapeutic style is warm, compassionate and empowering, and our sessions will often incorporate laughter and humor when it's appropriate. I'll pull from a range of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based, and Solution-Focused therapy, to help clients work through their challenges and find a greater sense of peace. Because I also have training as a life coach, I often help clients craft inspiring visions for their lives and create action plans to help them reach their goals.
What do you like best about working as a therapist?
Being a human is hard! I find being able to support others during their difficult times — whether they can’t sleep due to work-related anxiety, are grieving the death of a loved one, or are feeling like they just aren't good enough and don’t belong — to be one of the biggest honors in my life. It is a gift to be able to do what I do, and I take it very seriously. I also love to celebrate good things, like when I see a client make positive changes because of their commitment to being brave, stepping out of their comfort zone, and learning how to trust themselves more.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be.
Every client is unique and has their own challenges, which means they each possess individual strengths they can use to overcome those challenges. My job is to help the client figure out what is right for them. I listen closely to what my client’s goals are, and the work I do with them is tailored to their specific needs. One of the most important things about starting therapy is finding the right person to work with, which is why I am always open to feedback. I like to know what is working for the client, what isn't working for them, and what they want more of, such as weekly homework or books to read.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy what would they be and why?
Brene Brown is a research professor who studies human emotions like vulnerability, shame, and courage. I particularly love the very first book of hers that I read: The Gifts of Imperfection. In a nutshell, it speaks to how we can change our lives by learning to love and accept our imperfections, which is something I help my clients learn to do. Many people struggle with self-worth on some level; we're often our own biggest critics. I work with clients to teach them to be more compassionate with themselves and bring self-care to their routine each week. Another inspiration is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, a great personal growth book that has made a difference in my life. The four agreements are: 1. Be Impeccable with Your Word; 2. Don't Take Anything Personal; 3. Don't Make Assumptions; and 4. Always Do Your Best. They're simple yet powerful rules to live by, and they hold me up to the highest standard of care and professionalism for my clients.
“Through my own extensive personal growth work, I know the life changing transformation and healing that can occur with the help of a therapist who is committed.”