“My empathic skills help me connect to others to motivate them, teach them to trust their own feelings, and honor the parts of them they don't like.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've been called sensitive for most of my life. I've always felt deeply and at first, this felt like a burden but I recently learned that it is a gift. My empathic skills help me connect to others to motivate them, teach them to trust their own feelings, and honor the parts of them they don't like. I've worked in both office settings and in the client's home. My primary focus of treatment has been adolescents and adults and occasionally families and couples. My therapeutic style contains bits of solution-focused theory so you can feel empowered, narrative theory because the stories we tell ourselves are what shape our realities, and mindfulness activities to center yourself and connect with your body. These techniques work well for those who want a holistic approach that strengthens the mind, the body, and the soul.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have experience working with adolescents (10 years and over) and adults who are impacted by anxiety, mood disorders, alcohol/drug abuse, and trauma-related disorders. My goal is to help you on your journey to self-discovery and healing. I do that by creating a safe space to talk about the challenging experiences you're having. Therapy can be an intense process and benefits from a commitment to growth and change. In the first few sessions, we will work on getting to know each other, discuss what brought you to treatment, and explore how you will know when it’s time to terminate. My intuition and healing energy will affirm your truth and desires. We will focus on your daily life and experiences that may have had a huge impact on you. I gently guide the sessions with directives and compassion; we will co-create goals and I will coach you toward your own breakthroughs. Sometimes, things get worse before they get better and I will honor your process with loving kindness.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have participated in workshops around trauma and the connection it has with other mental health disorders. What I've learned is how consuming the spectrum of trauma is; it's pervasive and has long-lasting effects. Trauma can be at the root of many mental health symptoms and disorders and I’m learning how to assess more specifically for the traumatic events that clients have experienced so that the therapeutic process can be helpful. I have learned traditional techniques that work well with mental health disorders and would like to explore how aromatherapy can be infused into treatment for anxiety, mood disorders, and PTSD. Aromatherapy has been proven to benefit people both physically and emotionally. I'm interested in learning more and making that a goal of mine.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
"Good vibes only" is a phrase we often hear but this could be considered damaging to our emotional health; if feelings of sadness or anger are dismissed and denied, our psyche suppresses the emotions and they manifest in unhealthy behavior. Luckily, the mental health field along with social media influencers are acknowledging that we are all whole human beings with a wide emotional spectrum. When working with me, the client can expect all of their feelings to be validated and emotional expression will be encouraged. The safe space that we create together will allow us to tap into core beliefs that may create insecurity, unworthiness, and depression. With this information, you will have more control and awareness over your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Feeling “good” is just one half of the equation; we will focus on accepting and healing the other half of the equation that also deserves love and compassion.
“My therapeutic style contains bits of solution-focused theory so you can feel empowered, narrative theory because the stories we tell ourselves are what shape our realities, and mindfulness activities to center yourself and connect with your body.”