“Using cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and ACT orientations, I want to teach people practical strategies to pull themselves out of the hole that life has thrown them in.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
Many people ask me why I chose counseling as a career and the answer is pretty simple: I love hearing people’s stories. To me, therapy is like reading one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books I had as a kid. Every week, I get to “read” another chapter in the hero’s life and I’m always surprised by how they use their strengths to defeat the evil villain. You are the champion of your own story and being the champion comes with the responsibility and privilege of deciding how the story ends. I am a sucker for a happy ending and want to see this happen for you. I will be there every step of the way, rooting you on and providing recommendations on what might make your adventure even better. Are you ready to “write” the next chapter in your book? I hope so because I am excited to see how the story ends. I have a feeling it’s going to be great!
What should someone know about working with you?
My hope as a therapist is to help people get unstuck from whatever is blocking them from living the lives they want. Using cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and ACT orientations, I want to teach people practical strategies to pull themselves out of the hole that life has thrown them in. I will not pull you out of the hole but encourage you to learn how to do it yourself so you can do it again in the future. I will, however, get in the hole with you and strategize how to get out. I believe people oversee their destinies and are writers of their own stories. With this power, they can create the lives they want, but people often create the lives they feel they deserve. If I have done my job right, you will walk away knowing your worth, believing in your strengths, and feeling confident that you can tackle whatever challenge comes your way. I want you to walk away from sessions feeling confident in your abilities to build the life you deserve, a life filled with love, happiness, and purpose.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It is natural to be nervous about scheduling your first therapy session. Take comfort in knowing that, once you have chosen to start therapy, you are halfway to your goal. The path to healing is a collection of decisions, the biggest being the decision to make a change. This choice creates a mindset for success and opens the doors to a world of possibility. It is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make; I have had to make this same decision many times in my life and remember how hard it was to make the first phone call. But rest assured, I’ll be with you every step of the way.
When I see you for the first time, I’ll greet you with a smiling face and a heart filled with hope and reassurance. I genuinely believe that everyone has the keys to success somewhere inside them. Therapy is about finding the right key to open the door that is blocking your path. I hope one day you will believe this within yourself, even if you feel far from confident on our first day.
In future sessions, we will discuss practical tips on how to relax the mind and body so you can RESPOND to life’s challenges rather than REACT to what has been so unfairly thrown at you. You’ll learn how to regain control of your life so that you can spend less time worrying and more time doing what you love. There is a way to balance work, family, and “me time.” (Yes, I said “me time”; I know that is a foreign concept.) I want you to be able to take an hour away for yourself that is GUILT-FREE. You deserve time to recharge your batteries; let me teach you how. It is time to take care of yourself with the same attention and love you give your partner. Online therapy is designed to fit your busy schedule and make self-care convenient and accessible.
“If I have done my job right, you will walk away knowing your worth, believing in your strengths, and feeling confident that you can tackle whatever challenge comes your way.”