Tell me about your ideal client.
I'd have to say couples, mainly because of the dynamics and energy in the room when you're working with them. Specifically, young adult couples that love each other and are just going through a tough situation. I've been more interested in doing premarital counseling as well and really enjoy the energy they bring in the room. They're really working together towards the same goals and the intention is very present.
I also have an interest in working with men. I think there's something so powerful about the type of change you can see in men when they come to therapy and start to feel comfortable in feeling vulnerable maybe for the first time in their lives.
You are involved with a new group practice with two other clinicians. I want to know, what's been your favorite part of working in a group practice so far?
Definitely the creative part. I also think that working in a group practice in general has just made things so much easier overall. We all really even each other out and have our own talents to contribute. I love that, if I get stuck on what direction to take with something, that I can always just bounce ideas off of them instead.
Do you have a favorite social media outlet you like to use?
Instagram. I really like the therapist community aspect of it and that it has such a positive vibe overall.
What has been your most successful or favorite way to get clients so far?
Right now I'd have to say word of mouth from previous clients. I've gotten most of my clients from mental health awareness talks at various companies where my colleagues and I just come in and talk about mental health and sustainability or self-care.
What is something you feel proud about so far in your journey?
Definitely helping with the creation of the website.
What made you want to pursue counseling as a career?
I just always knew that I wanted to be in a helping profession, and I also really wanted to do something creative. There's always something new coming in the door with therapy, so that's where I get to use my creative side.
More personally, I had a child life specialist as a kid because I had some of my own health issues. Because of that experience, I thought I wanted to work with kids, until I started working with them and realized that I actually connect more and have a bigger desire to work with adults.
What advice would you give to new therapists just starting out?
Don't be afraid to get out there. Also, find someone who you can go along the journey together with and bounce ideas off of, even if you don't go into group practice. Connecting with other therapists going on the same journey can be so helpful to keep you going.
Okay last question: what are you eating and what are you reading?
Oysters on the halfshell and red wine is always my "go-to" meal, and I'm currently reading "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown and "Self-Compassion" by Kristin Neff.