I entered the field of psychology after almost 2 decades as an IT professional. A defining moment in my life happened in the 90s, when I worked for a software startup. I was feeling under tremendous pressure, and I was so overwhelmed that I finally sought out a therapist. She took a look at me and she said, “You’re smart; you’re gonna get this.” Over time, she helped me untie the knot I had carried in my stomach for so long. It took me a few years, working with her, but when I got to the other side of this insecurity and overwhelm, I felt more at peace with myself. Later, when I decided to leave the high tech world—when I no longer felt nourished by it and decided to become a therapist myself—she was my inspiration. I wanted to pay it forward and help people find what I had found. This kind of life transformation shouldn’t be kept under wraps. I felt that everyone should be given a chance to use the tools I was given, or they could be missing something important in their lives.
Having a technological background has allowed me to combine my analytical skills with more relational qualities. This works well with professionals who work in the Silicon Valley. I have often walked their path and had some of the same experiences. I have worked for large, international companies, as well as startups, nonprofits, academic institutions, and as an independent consultant. I know the language and the territory. It makes professional clients feel heard and understood. It’s my turn now to say to them with full confidence,
“You’re smart. You’re gonna get this.”