What made you decide to become a counselor?
My therapeutic journey and therapist inspired me to become a counselor. I didn’t believe it was possible to heal from my past and awaken to all the possibilities of living life fully. This work is not only powerful but necessary. I wanted to share what I’ve learned with others in any capacity available to me. For me becoming a counselor is heart-centered and intentional.
If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?
Setting boundaries! The capacity to set your own limits to protect your mental, emotional, and physical health is at the core of self-awareness and care.
Have you personally been in counseling and if so, what did you learn about yourself?
I’ve been in counseling for 13 years. The experience has been life changing. I’ve learned that I am deserving of unconditional love and the narratives we have lived or experienced from our past can be rewritten.
If you could recommend one book to all your clients, what would it be?
“The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel A. Van Der Kolk
Who is your ideal client?
My ideal client is curious, open and ready to begin their journey. They understand that our work together will not be easy but worthwhile, as their own journey will be full of ebbs and flows. They are willing to take risks and desire to expand old ways of thinking.
What inspires you to help others?
The opportunity to help shift someone’s perspective or provide resources that are unknown or inaccessible. To assist someone in obtaining stability and health also inspires me.
How do you personally practice self-care?
I’ve been really working on intentional acts of self-care as a routine in my daily life. That might mean closing the blinds and taking a 15 min nap with white noise or crafting a space in my home that is solely for the purse of care and rejuvenation (journaling, coloring, reading, meditation etc.). Also, participating in activities that bring ease! For me, that is yoga, dance, dinner dates and therapy!
How do you relate to Mindfulness? How do you incorporate it in your sessions?
Mindfulness isn’t a one act approach to how we move through daily tasks, engage in self-awareness or cope with trauma. It is an overarching concept that we weave into the fabric of our being. In my session, breathwork, grounding and intentional body movement brings awareness from the thinking mind to the feeling body. It is my goal that mindfulness as a tool becomes second nature.