Paige is a psychotherapist at Wildflower. She earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She has extensive training in treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Read Paige’s full bio here.
What inspired you to pursue a career as a psychotherapist?
I began volunteering in mental health when I was in high school and continued throughout college. I served as a mentor to disadvantaged girls, call-taker at my university’s helpline, and facilitator of children’s groups at a domestic violence shelter. I also saw several of my own family members struggle with their mental health. Throughout these experiences, I felt deeply moved by hearing people’s stories of pain and resilience and witnessing their capacity to grow and transform. These experiences sparked my passion for helping others and I have felt deep in my heart that this is what I was meant to do ever since.
As a psychotherapist, what part of your job is most satisfying?
Change does not happen overnight, and it can sometimes be difficult to notice positive growth in our day-to-day. However, I love being part of people’s “aha” moments – the point in time when there is newfound insight or awareness, and something clicks. It makes me feel so proud when clients reach a place where they are able to reflect on how far they have come and celebrate their victories. I love being able to celebrate both the tiny wins and the monumental ones with my clients.
How would you describe your therapeutic approach?
My therapeutic approach is collaborative, client-centered, and strengths-based. I view clients and their presenting problems from a place of strength, assisting individuals in learning how to harness their inherent qualities and resources to make positive change in their lives. I am extensively trained in a variety of evidence-based modalities and I tailor various approaches based on the unique needs of each individual.
Why do you believe that psychotherapy can help?
I believe that individuals can benefit significantly from having a non-judgmental, supportive space to openly process their experiences and learn more about themselves. In today’s world, it is too often rare that we set aside time for self-exploration. There is so much value in working with a dedicated, knowledgeable therapist to help you achieve your goals and optimal well-being. Therapy helps by providing emotional support, increased understanding of one’s internal experience, and new ways of coping and problem-solving.
What are some of your specialties and what drew you to them?
I specialize in treating individuals with mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. These challenges touch so many people’s lives, and I am motivated to provide individuals with tools to both manage their symptoms and experience long-lasting recovery. In my professional experience, I continuously witness people from all walks of life being impacted by these difficulties and feel inspired to learn more and to be a catalyst of hope.
What is one thing about psychotherapy you wish everyone knew?
Therapists are just like anyone else. While we have specialized training and expertise in mental health, we also have similar challenges, fears, insecurities, hopes, and dreams. You will always be the “expert” on your own life and your therapist is there to be a listener, resource, and guide to support you in moving towards the life you want.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
I am a huge fan of mantras as I think they are simple and effective tools to get through difficult moments. One of my personal favorites is “the only way out of pain is through it.” At times we all have the urge to avoid, however this mantra serves as a reminder that confronting the painful or uncomfortable is often necessary and helpful in the long-term. I also like the mantra “I have what I need to get through this.” It is a powerful, confidence-building reminder that we have been through difficulties before and already possess inside us what we need to overcome another.
What are your favorite self-care activities?
My favorite ways to practice self-care include going to yoga, getting a massage, spending time with loved ones, and going to the movies.