Let me tell you a bit about my journey and how it influenced me to become the person and therapist I am today...
I became a therapist because I'm passionate about helping others heal from trauma in order to awaken to their authentic nature. Dr. Brené Brown's work on courage, authenticity, and vulnerability deeply inspires me and largely informs my practice. As she masterfully teaches, I whole-heartedly believe that healing and helping others heal requires fearlessly owning our story and standing in our truth.
Mental illness does not discriminate and I am no stranger to its impact. I lived a large majority of my life consumed by pain and frozen in time. Some of my early experiences left life feeling like a never-ending uphill battle. I felt completely removed from any source of connection, didn't know how to love myself, and couldn't shake the feeling of emptiness in my life. I did not trust people and never felt like I fit in anywhere. Feeling different and unworthy subsequently caused years of struggle with my mental health. But you know what? We ALL experience shame, pain and suffering because it's a part of being human. Realizing that I was not alone in this, and discovering that there was another way to approach my life fundamentally changed me.
Naturally, I decided I wanted to study the brain and help people for a living with the wisdom and knowledge I gained from my own journey. In this process, I learned about the impacts of trauma in human development and how it can plague our mental health when untreated. I now deeply understand the complications that come along with childhood adversities and the spiritual burden that this has on your soul. This is where I learned that my calling was to work with trauma survivors.
I believe that my suffering was my teacher and my pain had purpose. I now understand that healing does not have a final destination, but is a constant unfolding in our lives that calls upon us to walk with others through their darkness. This path lead me here today with a fire ignited to help you transform your pain, too.
If you are struggling with any of the things mentioned above, I want you to hear that you are not broken. The identity of pain is who people tend to think they are, but I'm here to tell you that it is a false version of reality. You are a powerful force of nature who is wired for healing. You have all of your own answers locked away in the depths of who you actually are, beneath the pain that wants to keeps you stuck.