We are excited to welcome Cherise White to the team! Learn more about Cherise below:
What initially inspired you to pursue a career as a therapist?
I have always been drawn to the field of psychology and taking psychology courses in high school and college confirmed it for me. In college I was intrigued by my abnormal psychology and biopsychology courses. During those courses, I instantly knew this was a field I would always want to be in as I had a strong desire to learn more. Till this day I still posses that strong desire to learn more. Therefore, pursuing a career as a therapist was my way of always learning about the mind, brain, and behavior as I connect with others, by helping them heal, cope, explore, and develop as they go through their life journeys.
As a therapist, what are you most passionate about?
As a therapist I am most passionate about letting people know they are not alone and someone is willing to be present as they make the choice to come to therapy. Secondly, I am passionate about discussing the role the brain plays in mental illness, cognition, and behavior as I feel it can be enlightening to understand the way in which our brains interplay in our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
What makes you unique as a therapist?
My therapeutic approach is what I feel makes me unique as a therapist. I believe in taking a person-centered integrated approach to therapy. I have been trained in various modalities but in my experience, when appropriate, I prefer to take different skills from those modalities and integrate them to create a treatment plan that fits the individual's therapeutic needs. We are all unique, and so I believe treatment plans should do the same and be custom-made for challenges the individual in therapy seeks to address.
Everyone needs self-care. How do you practice self-care?
My self-care has always been engaging in something that makes me laugh. Whether it be talking with a friend, watching a comedy, reading a book or magazine, or mindfully reflecting on a time where I was moved to laughter.
What is your favorite…
Quote: "If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” Abraham Maslow
Book: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
What is one thing that is important for anyone to know?
"Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.” - Brené Brown