Picking a therapist can be hard. It's expensive to pay for your first session together, and then if you don't hit it off right away, you don't know if that's because it's the first session or if that therapist just isn't a great match for you. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that therapists are trained not to self-disclose; they don't tell you much about themselves even when you do meet them! I'm a fan of transparency, and I trust your ability to listen to my story and decide if you'd like to work with me.
The worldview I grew up with never worked for me. The culture failed to see and nurture my sensitivity and potential. Attempts at self-expression and advocating for myself were punished. I was shut-down, and quickly learned it was safer to shut myself down rather than be forced to do so. I looked around to find my own country waging war after war, a government that lies, and a society that rewards the masculine warrior, the hardened go-getter. I knew something was wrong, and anger built inside, but no one had taught me how to handle anger, so I shut that down too.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”