“My career has been an exploration into the internal worlds of everyone I meet.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
As a child I spent most of my time doing yoga and researching dinosaurs. I loved spending time in meditation and had aspirations to be an archeologist. Becoming a therapist sparked that same sense of curiosity about the past as well as a sense of adventure. My career has been an exploration into the internal worlds of everyone I meet. I love my work and am encouraged daily to stay curious about the human condition.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
Therapy works best when you commit to it. I generally recommend 6 - 9 months for lasting change when it comes to anxiety, depression or relationship changes. If you are coming for hypnotherapy this timeline can be shorter. Some people only want 6-8 sessions of hypnosis and find this valuable.
The first session will begin with a series of questions about you that can last about 40 minutes. The last 20-30 minutes will be a chance for us to try out some therapeutic styles and see how best we might work together. You might even leave with homework.
Bringing a journal is helpful and many of my clients use one during the session and as a way to keep track of progress. If you have any medical documents you’d like me to see, please bring those.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I rely heavily on collaboration with other service providers. Our bodies are a single intelligent unit which we use to experience the world. I try my best to always take this into account. My office has a large network of healthcare providers throughout the city who we refer to.
Clients fall into one of two categories; those wanting to optimize their health or those wanting to regain it. In both scenarios, other healthcare providers are going to be necessary to achieve that. My team and I work closely with nutritionists, osteopaths and allopathic physicians. We particularly love collaborating with functional medicine doctors who tend to do enhanced testing and try to look at individuals holistically.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
The biggest barrier I hear to entering treatment is past negative experiences in the medical system. Many people have been to multiple providers, have been forced medications that were harmful or have experienced some other degree of medical trauma. I would want potential new clients to know that I understand and strive to provide a different experience. There are so many good clinicians out there and I believe advances in technology are making it easier for us to access good care.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy what would they be and why?
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Louise was a visionary for her time. She was one of the first person to provide group mental health support to the AIDS community and always focused on the idea that people were worthy of love no matter their circumstances. She also became a writer and publisher much later in life. Her philosophy was to keep growing and love your life at every phase.
Cosmos by Carl Sagan. This is one of my favorite books. Carl loved exploring the Universe outside and I equally enjoy exploring the Universe within.
“Clients fall into one of two categories; those wanting to optimize their health or those wanting to regain it.”
Ruschelle practices at Alma