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Why I Do This Work

Mental illness is real and it can feel soul-crushing. I have faced my own mental health challenges and I want to help others learn what I have to overcome them. I realized many years ago that I not only have a strong interest in counseling psychology and techniques but that I also have an obvious aptitude for it. This is hard work but it typically comes easy to me. I believe in science and I enjoy using proven strategies that create lasting change. Love and compassion are among my top values and I believe the world will be a better place if we foster them in ourselves and each other. I believe healthy relationships are vital to our wellbeing. I understand that addiction is not a choice but getting help and quitting is. I know that far too often people with autism feel the need to change themselves to suit others. I realize people who are not cisgender and/or heterosexual can have a harder time finding a therapist who they feel comfortable with. Helping others be happier and healthier, and watching their successes along the way, gives me a deep sense of personal fulfillment that I can no longer imagine my life without.

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