“My goal is to support every client with developing self-awareness while strengthening their skills of self-efficacy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have a rich experience in direct clinical practice, clinical supervision, administration, and program management. I have worked with the homeless, at-risk young adults, and individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues. I hold an LCSW licensure and have training in evidence-based practices such as motivational interviewing, problem solving treatment, illness management recovery, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I am forward-thinking, innovative, and dedicated to the social service and mental health fields. My goal as a leader and a clinician is to heal, inspire, nurture, and promote emotional, physical, and mental wellness for all. My work experiences have provided me with therapeutic skills and leadership qualities that have led me to become an independent clinician.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take a client-centered, integrated, and strengths-based approach during sessions. As a clinician, it is important to say that there are no scripts for how sessions will unfold; sessions can look and feel different for everyone. Sessions are grounded in talk therapy and can incorporate writing, role-playing, progressive muscle relaxation, taking inventory of symptoms and triggers, discussing relationship issues, exploring past traumas, cognitive distortions, and reframing and recreating the client's story. My goal is to support every client with developing self-awareness while strengthening their skills of self-efficacy. I honor each client’s right to self-determination and provide an emotionally safe space for them to explore themes as they are ready to do so.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Being open-minded, authentic, compassionate, honest, generous, optimistic, curious, and courageous are a few core values that have been crucial in my ability to pivot in life’s transitions and have led me to becoming a therapist. These core values are at the forefront of my work and when coupled with my training, allow me to conduct meaningful exploratory sessions and provide the appropriate treatment plan.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The evolution of mental health has allowed more people to access care in nontraditional settings. There has been an increase of using other modalities to help people heal, such as art therapies, poetry, and running This evolution inspires me to be more creative and broaden my practical skills. The possibilities are endless!
“I honor each client’s right to self-determination and provide an emotionally safe space for them to explore themes as they are ready to do so.”