I have found that the most significant aspect of success in any therapeutic experience is the client-therapist relationship and for this reason, it is very important to me that I create a safe, non-judgmental, environment for my clients. I tend to have a more casual and client-centered style and strive to provide a warm and empathetic environment, while also bringing humor and playfulness into my relationship with clients. Each of us has different life experiences and different ways in which we process and heal, which is why I tailor treatment styles to meet each client’s individual needs.
I believe in providing a safe space, in which clients can grow and always feel comfortable being their authentic selves.
Why did you become a mental health professional?
I became a mental health professional because I genuinely enjoy connecting with people and holding space for others. The human experience and all of its intricacies are something that has always fascinated me.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy what would they be and why?
The two books that have influenced my approach to therapy the most would be “The Gift of Therapy” by Irvin Yalom and “Sometimes Therapy is Awkward” by Nicole Artz because they both speak to the value of the therapeutic alliance as an essential part of treatment and positive outcomes in therapy.
What are your interests outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy going to the gym and spin class. I truly enjoy being outdoors and active. I also really enjoy taking my dog on walks and spending time at the beach.
What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?
One thing that I do daily to support my mental and emotional well-being is movement. I have found that daily movement, whether through cycling, going for a walk, or taking a pilates or yoga class, is incredibly grounding for me.
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Short Term (Solution-focused, etc.)
Ideal for those who are coming in with a specific problem they’d like to address and gain clarity on. Typically, short term therapies are present focused and do not dive deep into your past.
Structured therapies are goal and progress oriented. Therapists may incorporate psychoeducation and a specific “curriculum.” In order to stay on track, therapists may provide worksheets and homework.
Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic, Existential, etc.)
Exploring the past and making connections to present issues can help clients gain insight. Getting to the root of the issue and finding deeper self-awareness can help with long-term change.
Non-directive (Humanistic, Person-centered, etc.)
Going with the flow and seeing where it leads.
Behavioral (CBT, DBT, etc.)
Focuses on changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors by addressing problematic thought patterns and specific providing coping skills.
Trauma Focused (EMDR, TF-CBT, etc.)
Recognizing the connection between trauma experiences and your emotional and behavioral responses, trauma focused therapy seeks to help you heal from traumas.