It's nice to get to know you. We think it's only fair you get to know us, too!
1. What made you decide to become a therapist?
I worked in non-profits for many years and always found that working with people - whether it was volunteers or program participants - was always the most rewarding. So I re-directed my focus and started taking social work and psychology courses, and it just clicked for me. It's such a privilege to work with all kinds of people to support their growth and help them gain a better understanding of themselves. And I often learn just as much from my clients' resilience and wisdom, so I'm always humbled and amazed by being a therapist.
2. What do you love most about working at Shift?
I love working on a team of like-minded, competent women. We all support each other in our individual and professional growth, and in supporting our clients. It feels like a unique and special environment in a field that can be very stressful. That, and the Nespresso machine!
3. When you're not at work, what fills your time?
Spending time with friends and family. I also love to read. I recently finished the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, which I highly recommend. I also just started learning to play guitar!
4. Do you have a favourite quote or mantra?
“You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn (from "Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life)
5. Whats one therapy technique you use most often yourself?
I like the 3-minute breathing space because it's something I can integrate into a busy day while I'm on the subway or waiting in line at the grocery store. I think setting aside 30 minutes to meditate can feel daunting and unrealistic for many of us, so I like that this is a quick and easy way to shift attention, check in with the breath and body, and move on with our day more mindfully.
Here's a quick break-down of each one-minute step (from mindful.org):
- Attend to what is. The first step invites attending broadly to one’s experience, noting it, but without the need to change what is being observed.
- Focus on the breath. The second step narrows the field of attention to a single, pointed focus on the breath in the body.
- Attend to the body. The third step widens attention again to include the body as a whole and any sensations that are present.