“I am an excellent listener and intuitive, creative, and highly compassionate.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in academia as a professor and a librarian. While working with students and staff, I found that I wanted to be doing more for the community. I longed to be more impactful and help people on a deeper level and not solely with resources. I wanted to work to effectuate more change with and for people. This led me to pursue my master's degree in social work and then my LCSW. I have spent a great deal of time working in student counseling and recovery. I feel so drawn to attachment and trauma work, especially family and relational trauma, as these can impact one's mental health and physical health and make life unsatisfying. At present, I'm studying more about polyvagal theory and the brain-body connection and both are intriguing to me. I am an excellent listener and intuitive, creative, and highly compassionate. I love to work with individuals who want to raise their level of happiness and overcome issues to live a life that is worth living in their minds and eyes.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work from a strengths-based approach since I know that my clients are their best experts on themselves. I work to meet my clients where they are and not lead them to where I want
them to be. I offer a nonjudgmental place to sit with clients and do this often challenging work while processing difficult feelings. I utilize an integrative form of psychotherapy, which allows me to design my therapeutic approach to best align with their needs. I believe that therapy needs to be individualized; no one-size-fits-all and it is important to recognize and learn what works for each person. I often use creative techniques where possible and fitting, whether these be journaling, drawing, or working with another material like sand or clay. I find that breathwork and meditation are effective when working around challenging issues and painful moments. I love to work collaboratively with clients to develop goals, discover what works, and even develop homework, where applicable.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I consider it a privilege to support my clients in accessing insights and strengths while guiding them along their journeys. In order to do my best clinical work, I have become a consummate learner, honing my skills on a regular basis. I strive for continued growth and knowledge as a clinician but am well-rounded in my learning. I obtained EMDR training and find it helpful in the office setting. I am currently working on my sand tray certification along with completing my requirements to be a registered play therapist. I continue to develop my cognitive behavioral therapy skills to best support my clients with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I love learning about family systems, mindfulness, somatic experiencing, psychodrama, DBT, EMDR, and more. I consult on best practices to provide the best possible treatment to fit my clients’ needs. I learn from and with my expert colleagues; we learn best from one another and then our clients benefit tremendously as a result.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about the growing field of trauma work and research, which includes relational trauma, attachment work, complex developmental trauma, and so much more. I am looking forward to studying more in the areas of interpersonal neurobiology, the polyvagal theory, and the brain-body connection so that I can help my clients more adeptly. I look forward to the continued work of Deb Dana, Bonnie Badenoch, and Stephen Porges in the areas of polyvagal theory and brain science. I love learning from sand tray and play therapists about how to incorporate creative techniques into the therapy room to help clients process difficult experiences. Our field has so many amazingly talented folks doing evidence-based research to help us effectuate change in our clients.
“I love to work with individuals who want to raise their level of happiness and overcome issues to live a life that is worth living in their minds and eyes.”