Hobbies: reading, playing volleyball, and fitness (running and weight-lifting).
Who are you as a therapist?
As a therapist, I would describe myself as someone who is patient, understanding, and nonjudgmental. I believe that everyone has their own unique story and experiences that have led them to where they are today, and it is my job to help them understand and work through those experiences. I am a good listener and I have a lot of empathy for my clients. I am also very supportive and authentic.
What inspired you to become a therapist?
There are a multitude of things that encouraged me to take the path of therapy. Initially, I chose this career path to better understand the human mind and why people do the things they do. Now, I continue this path because it has been rewarding to provide assistance and a listening ear. Overall, I became a therapist to help others.
How do I know if therapy is working?
Part of what makes success in therapy so difficult to measure, or even explain, is the fact that success means different things to different providers, in different kinds of therapy, and for different conditions or purposes. Ultimately, successful therapy means that your symptoms seem better managed or are decreasing, and you feel like you’re accomplishing your current goal(s) or raising your self-awareness outside of therapy.
What can I expect when working with you?
You can expect a therapeutic environment that is compassionate, empathetic, and safe. My role is to offer you insights into your experiences, advice on how to handle issues, and evidence-based treatment for mental health conditions. Successful therapy is not only supported by a well-trained therapist, but it also largely depends on cooperation and investment from you, the client. I will be direct and friendly. I may also utilize humor throughout sessions, as appropriately needed.
What are your areas of passion related to therapy? What are your areas of expertise?
- Trauma Informed Care
- Motivational Interviewing
- Person-Centered Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Harm-reduction/ management