What is one thing that you have learned through your own therapy?
One thing I learned through my own therapy that has been the most impactful on my life is that most often, our perceptions of ourselves and what we can or think we cannot do, are just that, thoughts. Oftentimes a task feels unattainable or anxiety provoking to try, but with the right support and mindset, anything is truly possible.
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I always knew I wanted to be a therapist. In middle school, the movie Freedom Writers came out. I went to see it in theaters with a friend and from that point on I had made up my mind. I was going to be a person that others could trust to be themselves, open up and create their own growth with. I love being a therapist because I can be someone’s biggest cheerleader, and be in their corner while problem solving and celebrating the lessons and the big wins!
Is there an example from your daily life where you practice what you preach?
Every single day, I work to practice what I preach. Like many humans, this is not always perfect, but I put the effort in to engage in positive self-care, boundary setting and surround myself with people who uplift me and make me laugh. I work towards being my best self on any given day so I can be present for those in my life and most importantly be present for myself and my own mental health and well-being.
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.