“Our emotional and mental health impact everything that we do and how we move in the world.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I began counseling individuals when I was in middle school while taking a required “peer counseling” course. I found the practice to be very exciting and inspirational in a community filled with violence. Over time and prior to professional training, I became more adept at making individuals comfortable enough to tell their story, which results in emotional catharsis. In the early stages of my career as a social worker, I worked with individuals who have struggled with intimate partner violence, substance misuse, severe mental illness, and justice involvement. This experience enhanced my passion to help individuals rise toward their best self.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
Together we will uncover the personal and relational struggles that brought you into therapy. You will be provided with tools during each session to help you deal with distressing symptoms as we work toward healing the root cause of what brought you into therapy. During sessions, I take a holistic approach in discussing the impacts of mental health on the body and ways to improve overall health. The commitment you have to your mental wellbeing will impact the rest of your life and I am here to support you in being your best self.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
I find that the barrier to seeking care is fear: fear that therapy won’t work, fear that one will be judged for seeking help, fear of losing time, fear of addressing the root causes of the pain or distress. I will hold the space for you to be present with yourself to explore these fears with patience, support, compassion, and respect. You will then discover how caring for your emotional and mental wellbeing impacts your life in a positive way.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Our emotional and mental health impact everything that we do and how we move in the world. Reaching out for help allows us to gain essential coping mechanisms, allowing us to solve problems that get in the way of our daily functioning. I've witnessed improvements in clients' lives and know that therapy works.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy what would they be and why?
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., uses mythology to address broad issues that women face, including body image, finding intimate love, recognizing signs of abuse, developing intuition, and more. This book has helped many of my clients gain insights and find empowerment in their own lives. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk discusses trauma in a nuanced way and provides tools for healing from trauma. This book provides psychoeducation and practices one can use to heal the debilitating symptoms of trauma, such as flashbacks, hypervigilance, and feelings of numbness.
“The commitment you have to your mental wellbeing will impact the rest of your life and I am here to support you in being your best self.”