This photo of my dogs and me is from the end of 2021 but it’s appropriate, as I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. After 11 years as a full-time professor, I have just decided to leave academia to commit to my therapy practice. This is something that I’ve always wanted to do and I’m thrilled to finally be taking the leap!
As I scale up to a full-time therapy practice, I am committing to my professional development. Psychotherapy in the United States suffers from a serious quality problem. While there are a lot of therapists, especially in the northeastern part of the country, many of us have not received the type of training that is needed to make real impact in a reasonable amount of time, at a reasonable cost.
In the coming year, I will be investing time to train in evidence-based therapies. These are interventions that have been proven effective in helping children, teens, and adults who struggle with emotional and behavioral problems. I want to be more competent in offering services that will provide relief from symptoms and paths to lifelong well-being. I feel so fortunate and grateful for these learning opportunities!
I will also be serving my community as a board member for TSLI-HHB, an organization that provides housing and supportive services to individuals struggling with mental health problems. My advocacy for reforms in how we respond to mental health crises in the community will also continue. I will be busy but in a joyful way.
I look forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences throughout this exciting year. Please check in now and then and feel free to reach out to me with any comments or questions.