“It sometimes seems like we focus on the helplessness or the anxieties of day-to-day life but never reflect on the gratitude or the positives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In some ways, I believe my path to becoming a licensed therapist was a calling. I started my groundwork in the addictions field and quickly took on what some would say were the more difficult cases in the areas of severe mental illness, underserved populations, and the criminal justice system. I also spent two years working as a clinical supervisor, directly assisting new clinicians in the field clinically and administratively. I have experienced the therapeutic relationship from all sides: Client, therapist, and supervisor. I believe these experiences helped mold me into the most attuned version of myself and made me able to stay available for others.
What should someone know about working with you?
My initial consultation is the most structured so that I can gather as much information as possible to help you move forward. After that, I allow sessions to develop organically, going wherever they need to go for the content at hand.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I recognize that there is ever-changing guidance, protocol, and language within the behavioral health community. To stay up-to-date with these shifts, I connect with my peers by networking and taking diverse continuing education courses (CEUs) as well as consulting via supervision. Consultation is a safeguard I put in place to remain unbiased in my approach and aware of the most appropriate and available options for treatment planning. My most recently attended CEU courses include the following: Working with Survivors of Sexual Trauma; Safer Suicide Awareness and Intervention Skills; and Substance Use Counseling and the Dark Web: Digital Drug Sourcing to Clinical Care.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
During my undergraduate studies, I became very interested in positive psychology. Martin Seligman’s words about psychology losing its way and moving too far from its roots really resonated with me. It sometimes seems like we focus on the helplessness or the anxieties of day-to-day life but never reflect on the gratitude or the positives. As my professional career continues to move with the landscape of the mental health field, I try to stay mindful of positive psychology and incorporate new findings and new techniques to assist clients in flourishing and finding authentic happiness.
Who are your favorite TV show characters and why?
One is Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos. He was shamelessly flawed until the very end and showed viewers he was capable of multi-leveled emotion. Another is June Osborn in The Handmaid's Tale, who makes meaning out of suffering.
“As my professional career continues to move with the landscape of the mental health field, I try to stay mindful of positive psychology and incorporate new findings and new techniques to assist clients in flourishing and finding authentic happiness.”