“I believe that my purpose is to help others see their own strengths and recognize what they value in life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was attracted to the field of counseling after taking my first psychology course during my undergraduate studies, but I had always known that I wanted to help people even before this. I would say that I have a natural knack for encouraging others and have always been told that I am wise, even from an early age. I very much enjoy seeing others succeed, so being a counselor seemed like a good fit for my personal strengths and has allowed me to use these strengths to help other people. I believe that my purpose is to help others see their own strengths and recognize what they value in life. I encourage each client to live a life that they value, one that is full of meaning and purpose. I have completed training in CBT as well as in the areas of self-esteem, body image challenges, and anxiety.
What should someone know about working with you?
When you set up your first appointment, you will be sent an intake form that you will complete online, and you will also be given access to the client portal. The first session is all about making sure we are a good fit before developing goals for therapy. I take a very collaborative approach with my clients, and clients have the most success in therapy when they practice techniques and skills outside of the therapy sessions. I frequently ask clients what they would like their own next steps to be between sessions and help them formulate how they can apply what they learn in therapy outside of our sessions. I frequently refer back to the goals that a client has for their therapy sessions in order to help them get the most out of therapy and stay on track toward their goals. I enjoy working with clients who are goal-oriented and insightful and those who might struggle with higher levels of anxiety.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continually participate in continuing education on a variety of topics in the mental health field. I recently read treatment books on body image concerns, acceptance and commitment therapy, ACT for obsessive compulsive disorder, and cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of eating disorders. I also regularly attend training events on a variety of topics, including the treatment of anxiety-related challenges. Some of my training has included the following courses: Practical Tools to Thrive Against Anxiety and Stress in Challenging Times; Toxic Addictive Love: How to Help Those in the Cycle; Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping: Evidence-Based, Mind-Body Treatment Approach to the Anxiety Spectrum Disorders and Pain; and Two-Day Intensive Hypnosis Workshop: Apply Clinical Hypnosis to Improve Treatment Outcomes. I also attended a four-day conference for Christian counseling through the American Association of Christian Counselors.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I personally value things including but not limited to balance, freedom, independence, close relationships, and wisdom. If someone were to ask me what my goals are when working with clients, I would say that I want to help my clients reach their own personal goals and help them live in ways that support their own personal values. My goal is to help them break free of the chains that are holding them back from living lives full of meaning and purpose. I want my clients to be free from making decisions based on anxiety and done choosing actions because of fear. We can either be motivated by fear or we can be motivated by things like attaining a sense of peace, joy, and fulfillment. I believe in helping my clients attain balance among the things they value in their lives (in the areas of relationships, work, spirituality, community, etc). I help my clients realize their personal strengths and use these to gain more fulfillment in their lives.
What can I expect to get out of counseling sessions?
I teach you how to attain self-compassion, how to be more present in important relationships and important areas of life, how to get more meaning out of life, how to engage in less self-criticism of yourself and your body, how to find a sense of body neutrality, how to tolerate feelings of discomfort, and how to offer yourself grace and acceptance.
“I enjoy working with clients who are goal-oriented and insightful and those who might struggle with higher levels of anxiety.”