Tell us about you and why you wanted to become a therapist.
During high school, I had a few friends who began going to therapy. I didn’t know much about therapy and what mental health meant at the time, but it was getting to see them grow and heal that I first learned about how impactful therapy can be. I decided to major in psychology and was blown away about how complex our relationships, minds, and emotions can be! After college, I worked at a residential center for children and teens and absolutely loved being able to walk alongside them and their families. It was while working there that I knew I wanted to become a therapist.
What do you love about being a therapist
It is such a privilege to walk alongside clients in their journeys. I love being able to celebrate with them in their highs and sit with them in the lows. Seeing clients recognize their own strengths is always exciting. Being able to provide a safe space where they can be who they are without apology is something that I value and believe is so important! I also love the ability to work towards reducing the stigma of therapy.
How would you describe yourself as a therapist?
I would describe myself as client-focused, empathic, and being real! I value what a client’s hopes and goals are! I believe that clients are the experts on themselves, so I work to meet clients where they’re at.
Who do you love working with in therapy?
I enjoy working with individuals across the lifespan! I’ve loved working with elementary age children, as well as individuals in their 90s! Working with a variety of age groups has been exciting, especially with children and parents.
Do you have a particular theory or framework that guides your work as a therapist? If so, describe it and tell us why you use that.
Person-centered, psychodynamic, and eclectic frameworks guide my work as a therapist. Person-centered means I stay genuine, caring, and empathic throughout therapy. It has a huge emphasis on the real relationship between a client and therapist, always keeping it authentic. Psychodynamic theory looks at how our attachments as a child with adult figures influences ways we develop relationships with others and how we see ourselves. Gaining a deeper understanding of these early relationships can help lead towards personal growth and increased ability to develop deeper relationships! An eclectic approach just means that I’m open to trying a variety of approaches. If something isn’t working, we can try something different! Everyone is unique, so I believe therapy with each client should be too!
Share one thing you are passionate about in your professional or personal life
Being a lifelong learner is something that always gets me excited. Learning about others, myself, and cultures I think is so important in becoming a better therapist for clients I work with. Personally, I love doing yoga and have been getting back into running (or, moreso gentle jogs).
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