“My approach is to, above all, LISTEN.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a licensed mental health counselor, I practiced family law as an attorney in Florida. Although I enjoyed what I did, I always believed that we were not helping the very real mental health issues that are so often a part of a relationship breakup. My training as a lawyer was really ideal for my change of careers into therapy. Good lawyers know how to listen above all else. Really good lawyers know how to summarize what they understand in an honest and respectful manner. That's ultimately how you get someone to see your point of view and develop insight. I use these tools and experiences to provide therapeutic support to my clients. I have worked in homeless shelters, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and my own private general practice. I have specialized training in anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, and family law issues. My approach is to, above all, LISTEN.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide a thorough intake before the session so that we can have a good baseline understanding of possible areas of concern. I will occasionally assign homework but overall, I believe that progress is made as we develop our emotional honesty and learn how to effectively process and communicate our feelings to others. Many of my clients are dealing with anxiety and depressive issues, particularly after a relationship breakup. I also work extensively with clients dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Because of my background in couples therapy and marital law as an attorney, I also work with couples dealing with relationship issues.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
In my view, the most important way to build competency is to share experiences with other competent therapists and discuss various perspectives on mental health care and support. I also attend frequent continuing education classes, typically in the areas of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction. Ultimately, collaboration with other mental health professionals is really the most important aspect of building competency.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I believe that telehealth is a very exciting and evolving area of the mental health landscape. I believe teletherapy offers a real chance for people who are homebound to get serious therapeutic support for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. Because it is a less stressful way of receiving therapy, it is likely that clients are less inhibited and more communicative about their issues. That said, I also believe that there are certainly situations where clients would benefit from in-office therapy as part of their recovery, particularly in situations where they are avoidant and isolated. Sometimes, the trip to the therapist's office is part of the cure.
“I will occasionally assign homework but overall, I believe that progress is made as we develop our emotional honesty and learn how to effectively process and communicate our feelings to others.”