“I offer a warm, strengths-based perspective that draws on your own strengths to facilitate change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been interested in how individuals think and the choices that they make. This interest drew me to study psychology in college and study social work in graduate school. Through pursuing a master’s in social work, I learned how one’s environment shapes their mental health. I have received training in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, social service agencies, and community mental health clinics. I work with adolescents and adults with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and eating disorders.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer a warm, strengths-based perspective that draws on your own strengths to facilitate change. I will work with you to examine barriers to create the change you may be seeking while also enhancing your strengths. I work with adolescents and adults with a variety of issues, ranging from career difficulties to relationship issues, family issues, and life transitions. We will work together in our first few sessions to identify your goals. My work is based on a cognitive behavioral approach, but I include aspects of other modalities, such as DBT, attachment therapy, and ACT.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe that for a therapist to be helpful to clients, it is important for them to keep learning and keep updated on new research in the field. I participate in a range of continuing education courses, including trainings in different modalities and specialized trainings on specific issues. I have completed trainings in DBT for adolescents and trauma-focused CBT. Working at a hospital in addition to private practice, I am constantly learning from other providers, such as doctors, nurses, and psychologists. I collaborate with other providers to ensure consistent care to benefit my clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the decreasing stigmatization of mental health treatment. For years, many have struggled to get the help they need due to worries about what others would think. Additionally, with telehealth becoming utilized more, talk therapy has become accessible to those who have busy schedules or may not live close to a provider. It allows clients more of a choice in their provider.
If you could give advice to someone beginning therapy, what would it be?
Realizing that you need extra help can often be the hardest part of therapy. Many believe that there needs to be a current issue or crisis occurring to begin therapy when in fact anyone can benefit from therapy. I encourage you to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with and someone who will draw on your own strengths to work toward positive change.
“My work is based on a cognitive behavioral approach, but I include aspects of other modalities, such as DBT, attachment therapy, and ACT.”