Therapy is my second take on a career. I previously spent eight years working in education, where I came to truly recognize the uniqueness of each student I encountered. We are all different learners, different thinkers, different feelers; all possessing unique talents and sensitivities. As a teacher, I saw firsthand how each person’s unique strengths and struggles affected their ability to succeed in school and how limited our school system is for accommodating individual needs.
I made the decision to be a therapist so I could celebrate what is special and unique about each person I contact, rather than reinforce only the behaviors that fit the public school model. The fact is some characteristics are more rewarded in our society than others. In fact, character traits are devalued or even stigmatized if they don’t fit the norms of the dominant culture. I take a strong stance towards social justice, looking beyond these messages to find the strength and beauty in everyone.