I have always had a strong desire to generate organic connections, build relationships, develop an alliance with people throughout my childhood and adulthood. I was attracted to listening to people, providing different perspectives and assisting in identifying solutions or finding self worth. While I recognized my ability to support others at a fairly young age, I did not know how this would manifest in my professional career. I had attempted a number of industries before relocating to Chicago. Chicago helped me understand that my interpersonal skills could be utilized in learning from and supporting the community around me. Shortly after that “ah-ha” moment, I enrolled into the Adler University Master’s Program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and could not have been happier with my decision.
1. What attracted you to being a psychotherapist?
I find that taking a client-centered approach initially has been most beneficial while working with clients. Establishing a connection, building respect and trust while providing empathy towards the client allows our time to be safe and productive. Once this safe space is created, I may shift my approach depending on what expectations or goals the client may have for therapy.
2. How would you describe your approach with your clients?
“Strength isn’t holding it all in and being okay. Strength is letting it all out and being okay with not being okay.” - Caroline White
3. What's your favorite quote about mental health?
I would say my clients strength is constantly surprising me. Yet, each client surprises me in their own way. Whether it be persistence with “homework”, educating me on their backgrounds, or their ability to allow change or challenges within our sessions.
4. What has surprised you the most about being a psychotherapist?