First off I want to congratulate you on taking steps towards creating a more meaningful relationship with yourself through therapy. Understanding ourselves more deeply can feel scary, however having the awareness on how to move forward with any of life’s challenges can feel empowering. My name is Brandi, I grew up in a small town just outside of St. Louis, Missouri and while growing up nothing fascinated me more than people and their stories. I would sit in the kitchen for hours listening to family and friends, talk about their lives, their loves, and their hurts (right before they would kick me out of course) and in that time, I began to develop a deep appreciation for their courage, their triumphs, and their resilience. Little did I know, they would serve as archetypes for my own development.
Empathy and understanding became the foundation for connection in my life and eventually a guiding principle in my therapeutic work. I went on to study psychology, followed by completing my masters in mental health counseling at Southeast Missouri State University where I soon developed a strong desire to not only be a witness for others and their stories, but to also be the helper.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”