Why did you choose to become a therapist?
While I entered the field of Psychology out of academic and personal curiosity, I learnt I wanted to became a therapist after starting my first psychology job at a crisis hotline. There I learnt of the good that this work could bring to others, the needs of an underserved mental health system and the need for emotional support. After that, my committment solidified through my experiences in my Masters under my mentors and teachers.
What would you like to tell a client who comes to you for therapy?
That are no completely wrong or invalid reasons to seek therapy. Everyone that walks in to a therapists office has one thing in common: a drive to change something. Whether it is a mental lillness or a daily habit or a state of mind or even self improvement. There is no required level of dysfunctioning that you need to have to seek a professional sounding board.
What does a first session with you look like?
A first session with me consists of a short introduction to talk therapy, hearing out the concerns that bring you in and giving you space to express yourself and finally, a closing where I give you something to try and take home with you.
What has been an important learning of being a therapist?
That different people heal and grow differently and that healing, growth and progress are different for everyone.
Can you share a quote that resonates with you?
'We are not special. We are not trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens'
(from Chuck Palhaniuk's Fight Club)