Therapy came into my life at an early age. One of my family members struggled with mental health when I was a child and I participated in family counseling sessions and group therapy that was extended as part of my family member’s treatment plan. Although it was difficult emotionally to cope with some of my early childhood experiences, I benefited greatly from participating in therapy and learning healthy thought patterns and coping skills. I learned to be introspective and naturally empathetic about other people’s experiences and challenges.
When I was a teenager, I became fascinated with human behavior and analyzing why people think and feel the way they do. I remember taking an interest/potential career screening as part of my ACT exam and the profession of social work was recommended based on my personality and interests. After initially choosing to major in elementary education at Purdue University, I realized that I was more concerned about my students’ feelings and behavior than with their academic success.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology and continued my education with a master’s degree in social work. During graduate school, I learned about the theoretical framework of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and suddenly so much of my own decision making, feelings and thought processes made more sense. I started to implement some of the strategies I was learning in school to improve my own tendency towards anxious feelings. My own success with learning and utilizing CBT, along with the evidence-base with all populations, has led me to focus on this particular modality.
Ultimately, I became a therapist because I want to help people live their best lives. I want my clients to consider their strengths, values and passions and help them integrate those into their daily experiences so they feel fulfilled. I want to help people who have experienced previous trauma to process and reframe so they can heal. Finally, I believe quality relationships are essential for most clients. I became a therapist to help people improve the relationships that are most important to them.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Ammirati Counseling to ask and inquire about support services that you can receive to help with overcoming feelings of depression, loneliness, stress or anxiety.