Position: Licensed clinical social worker and Owner at A New Path Psychotherapy Services
What prompted you to get involved with mental health causes and why do you continue to do this work?
I have always loved helping others since I was a kid. I started my career in sales, but I didn’t feel like I was being my authentic self in this career. I had some wonderfully helpful therapists as a young woman that helped me a great deal during some dark times and I recognized that being a therapist would be a perfect career path for me. I went back to get my Masters and I truly am thankful to be able to make a difference in others’ lives on a daily basis.
What has doing this work taught you?
It has taught me the importance of helping and making a marked difference in the lives of others. It makes me feel fulfilled when I see a client achieve goals or become more confident. It has taught me patience, to be even more empathetic and also how to have strong boundaries, which are important life skills- especially when you’re a parent!
What has been your most gratifying professional accomplishment thus far?
Starting my own practice 7 years ago was a scary step and I feel proud that I’ve been able to create a thriving business on my own.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about mental health or mental illness?
That something in your life has to be “bad or wrong” for you to feel depressed or anxious. Mental illness has no “rules” and it does not discriminate and it can affect anyone, even the person who appears to “have it all.”
What is your greatest hope when it comes to your professional mark/legacy?
I just hope that I’ve helped at least one person to feel better and make their own dreams/ goals come true. That I’ve helped someone heal from past trauma or abuse. That I’ve helped someone repair a relationship or forgive themself of others. That I’ve helped someone love themself and respect themself more.
What is your simplest joy?
My family. And a good massage!