Philosophy and Values
I believe we are all survivors who have developed a particular set of skills to cope and keep on. Sometimes our skillsets serve us; sometimes, not. I aim to provide therapy that validates the role of the survivor but also celebrates an ability to thrive in spite of adversity. I always begin with strengths as a starting place.
Above everything, I value our empathy, humility, and humanity. According to Dr. Brené Brown, “Empathy is feeling with people… a choice.” I believe that social connection can illuminate the paths towards healing. Therapy allows us to feel “felt,” and hopefully as a result, empathize with ourselves (the people we were, are, or wish to become) and others. I believe there can be beauty in feeling uncomfortable, anxious, or simply not ok because it has been my experience that these feelings beget growth and change.
Many of us who are in different stages of recovery from trauma have naturally gravitated towards helping others, whether as “good listeners,” caregivers, professionals, volunteers, etc. Sometimes people choose their vocations based on the necessary skills they acquired during times of chronic stress and pain. I believe we need a safe space to process our past experiences as they intersect in our daily lives and roles as helpers. That way, we can refuel our energy and continue to pursue courageous missions.