I chose to become a counselor because I could not find the counselor I needed shortly after separating from the military. I struggled with depression, adjusting to civilian life, and forming meaningful connections outside the military.
Looking back now, I believe I was looking for someone I could identify with. In my case, that meant someone who had served in the military and identified as female. The military was a large part of my identity, and talking to someone that had never served made it more difficult.
As a counselor, I strive to provide a safe and comfortable space for people and do so by establishing a therapeutic relationship based on mutual trust and respect. I recognize that people are the experts in their own lives, and my role is to encourage, empower, and facilitate growth. We do not exist in isolation. Who people are and who they want to become may involve more than the physical self. As such, I can assist with exploring values, culture, and holistic integration (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual).