I have always been fascinated by how other people's minds work even from a young age. When I was about 10 years old, I remember asking my mom "what's it like being you?". I love to learn what drives and motivates people. I also have a strong commitment to social justice and empowering under-served populations, so I wanted something that would incorporate my love for mental health and social justice. So after some soul searching, I enrolled in a graduate social work program and have been working in mental health ever since.
What keeps you engaged in your work?
I love to see my clients grow. Seeing people use skills and tools that they have been working to master is very inspiring to me. I also love being able to educate the community around mental health and work toward eliminating the stigma of mental health in our society.
What kind of clients do you like working with most?
I love to work with clients who challenge me to think from a new perspective. Whether that be a different point of view or a different life choice (For example, people from a different religious background or cultural background than myself.). I love to learn about other ways of living, and I think it makes my work as a therapist stronger and more open. It allows me to learn so much and stretch my mind and way of thinking. I really appreciate diversity and all of the education it provides.
What health patterns do you like to work with most?
I really enjoy working with clients who have depression and anxiety. Mental health fascinates me, and I love to work with people to assist them in decreasing their mental health symptoms. I also love to work with mothers and mothers-to-be. Being a mom is a tough job, and having some support has been proven to be very beneficial for moms.
What are you currently working on in your professional life?
I am starting a mindfulness course in the fall that I am really excited about! I can't wait to start incorporating what I learn into my work with clients.
Tell us about a time you really connected with a client.
I have one client in mind who I worked with very closely to provide her with support around her mental health and overall life choices. She had a history of not trusting providers, but I kept working with her. Over time I showed her that no matter what she did or said I would still be there. I showed up for her and created space for her when she needed it. One day I took her to see her psychiatrist, and when her name got called, she said "you wait here with my purse, I trust you". To me that was a huge milestone in our work. She felt trusting enough of me to watch some of her only possessions. Even though I no longer work with her, I think of her often (like I do all of my clients) and send her well wishes or positive thoughts. She taught me so much about resilience and how being present and authentic can brake down barriers and create trusting relationships.
How do you spend your free time?
I have a toddler who keeps me very busy! I love hanging out with him and my husband. I also try to attend yoga as much as my schedule allows, and I also love to do crafts and create things.
How do you celebrate living in your body?
Yoga! I have found so much connection to my body through yoga, and I love how it makes me appreciate my body way more than I even thought possible.
What do you look for in a health care practitioner?
Someone who listens, who is open and accepting, and who is willing and able to educate me on all of my options.