Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy
I'm a licensed professional.
MFC - 43719
Being a therapist has made it possible for me to unify my desire to help others with a strong sense of intellectual curiosity, intuitive insight, and creative thinking. As a therapist I am able to tap into my strongest abilities and talents to help my patients in their healing processes. What I love the most about being a therapist, however, is the privilege of being a positive and healing presence in my patients' lives. I find my work deeply satisfying and fulfilling.
I am passionate about mental health and psychotherapy for a number of reasons, but the most significant reason is my own experience with depression, and the challenges it has presented in my life over the years. The compassion I feel for my patients is grounded in my own understanding of what it is like to struggle with a serious mental health issue. I was also a strong proponent of therapy long before I decided I wanted to be a therapist. My own experiences with therapy taught me that it works, and has made it easier for me to convince patients who are unsure about continuing with their treatment.
Many people mistakenly believe that participating in therapy reflects some sort of character flaw, weakness, or psychological instability. Nothing could be further from the truth. When a patient shares her suffering and hurt with me-whether due to past abuse, trauma, losses, fears, etc.--I am witnessing an act of tremendous courage. Our culture of "sucking it up" and not admitting our vulnerabilities and "human-ness" to others has made it difficult for us be honest with ourselves and others, to be genuine and real in our relationships, and to accept our flaws and mistakes because we are all imperfect, but must do the best we can, regardless. To counter this social stigma, I clearly acknowledge my patients' courage in seeking my help, and their willingness to face and work on the obstacles and hurts in their lives. When I encounter this attitude about psychotherapy among acquaintances and people I don't know, I also make a point of tactfully and firmly addressing their misconceptions.