“My core belief about therapy is that there needs to be a strong rapport and relationship established between the therapist and the client in order for the healing process to begin.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I graduated with my master's in counseling in 2011 and I began my journey working with adolescents and children in various community youth settings, addressing behavioral and emotional issues. I became a licensed mental health counselor in 2014 and began my journey in the field of addiction, working in various drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers for adults. I have been fortunate enough to help many clients overcome their addictions and discover the root causes that led to their addictions, such as childhood abuse and trauma, grief and loss, relational issues, or untreated mental health issues (such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression).
What should someone know about working with you?
My core belief about therapy is that there needs to be a strong rapport and relationship established between the therapist and the client in order for the healing process to begin. Openness, honesty, and willingness are three significant components that I believe help build this therapist-client relationship. A thorough intake process is necessary in order to get as much information as possible and begin this journey of healing. I believe that measurable, attainable, and specific goals established in the beginning of therapy are important in order to have a focus throughout therapy. With that being said, I also believe that staying flexible throughout the therapy process is essential; goals and focus may change, and it is my philosophy to meet clients where they are while also motivating them toward positive change.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the evolving world of mental health. I have noticed a recent trend toward telehealth services for physical and mental health and I believe this is a significant stride for this field. Life as a working member of society seems to get busier and busier every year. With less time to focus on the self, I believe that the telehealth platform has made mental health services more accessible to everyone. It is this very thing that I am most passionate about: Self-care and making active choices to take care of the self, which help reduce codependency issues that lead to burnout, failed relationships, and unhealthy addictions.
“Openness, honesty, and willingness are three significant components that I believe help build this therapist-client relationship.”