“My goal is always to provide therapy services in a safe, nonjudgmental space where my clients can explore their foundations, current experiences, and potential.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a child, I always enjoyed helping others. As a sophomore in high school, I was asked what I wanted to be by the school counselor. I shared my interest and she suggested social work as an option. She handed me the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which included career descriptions. I turned to the social worker section and fell in love immediately. A social worker seemed to be everything I already was and desired to be…….and the rest is history. Since becoming a social worker, I have worked with almost every population, from the homeless, chronically ill, and abused and neglected to the behaviorally-challenged and the developmentally-disabled. By working with these populations, I have become more person-centered and mindful about the importance of building rapport and being open and present. I provide and have comprehensive training in the following therapeutic modalities: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is always to provide therapy services in a safe, nonjudgmental space where my clients can explore their foundations, current experiences, and potential. I have streamlined my intake process to include minimal paperwork and assign homework that is comprehensive and easy to follow. I enjoy working with many different populations but my ideal client is one who is depressed, behaviorally-challenged, or using or abusing substances.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I’m engaging in cultural sensitivity training as well as EMDR and play therapy. I would really love to learn more about treating transgendered individuals. I love to collaborate with providers because they teach me different techniques and alternative ways of treating my clients and running my practice.
“I enjoy working with many different populations but my ideal client is one who is depressed, behaviorally-challenged, or using or abusing substances.”