“I truly believe the most important part of therapy is the relationship and trust between client and therapist.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my career with a bachelor's in criminal justice. After a few years working in investigations, I realized I enjoyed the individual stories more than the work. I switched focus with a goal of helping children and adolescents find their way through today's confusing world. I am a licensed independent clinical social worker with a master's degree in social work. I earned my master’s from the University of South Carolina - Columbia. I have experience working in child welfare, spending most of my social work career at the Department of Children and Families. This work only further encouraged me to understand the importance of individualism and identify the unique treatment path that works best for each client.
What should someone know about working with you?
I begin all client intakes with a free phone consultation to gather information, discuss goals, and answer any initial questions the client may have. Prior to the first session, I ask the client to complete several documents to help me better understand their history and immediate concerns. I work with parents and their children to identify common goals and concerns. I offer CBT, trauma-focused CBT, mindfulness, person-centered therapy, play therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. While goals are always at the forefront of sessions, I find it best to keep a flexible mind when working with children and adolescents, since childhood and adolescence are complicated times. There is never just one problem to focus on and it helps to have someone to walk through the tangled mess with you.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I truly believe the most important part of therapy is the relationship and trust between client and therapist. I understand how difficult it can be to be vulnerable with someone you don't feel comfortable with. Anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues can be an unbearable burden for kids to carry. No one presents with the same symptoms. I want to give every child the opportunity to say their piece. No matter what you're dealing with, I'm here to listen, judgment-free. Everyone deserves the chance to feel supported.
“I understand how difficult it can be to be vulnerable with someone you don't feel comfortable with.”