Therapy helps when friends can’t.
From the time I was in second grade, I knew I wanted to make a career out of helping people and fostering connection. It took until part way through my undergraduate studies for me to accept that I was called to be a therapist. I fought it for awhile because of the intense vulnerability it requires from me and how hard I knew it would be to guide others into that vulnerability as well. When I first saw Brene Brown’s TED talk, “the Power of Vulnerability,” the fight was immediately over. She explains that “vulnerability is the birthplace of joy and creativity and compassion and peace” and I knew that joy is precisely what I wanted to energize my life and therefore I needed to embrace vulnerability to get there.
it is in this space that something sacred occurs…
something beautiful and risky and
painful and wonderful all at the same time.
I have since learned what a gift it is to sit with young people in these raw moments and move through pain alongside them. The therapy room is unlike any other– therapy gives us an opportunity to give your pain a voice, honor its concerns, and heal its wounds through a genuine, supportive relationship.
Prior to embarking as a therapist myself, I spent countless hours on a therapist’s couch learning that it is in this space that something sacred occurs…something beautiful and risky and painful and wonderful all at the same time. It’s taken some time and I’ve realized that therapy for young adults–seeing them through their everyday struggles and their painful traumas–is where my passion lies. In this work, I get to be creative and excited and being a little bit (or a big bit) of a goof is usually welcomed.
Through my own struggle through trauma and disconnection, I’ve found that creating art, cuddling with my puppy, taking long walks, and drinking peppermint tea help me locate and enter into a similar sacred space of healing and comfort.