“I enjoy working with all genders, teens, adults, deep thinkers, and those with strong emotions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a troubled 15-year-old girl, I thought, "I want to help people like me." After a brief detour into a nursing degree, I changed lanes and pursued a bachelor’s in psychology and then a master’s in social work. I spent almost 20 years as a field-based social worker and supervisor working with a large nonprofit community mental health provider. Working as a private practitioner has always been my dream, and I finally took the leap in 2019.
What should someone know about working with you?
Gathering your history and goals is the main focus of the intake process. We will discuss the scope of your problem, contributing factors, and what you would like to see change as a result of therapy. Things don't change unless new habits are developed, so practice in between sessions is essential for growth. I trust you to be the best assessor of your progress. I don't want you to be in therapy forever! My goal as a social worker is to always be thinking about the end of treatment and what I need to do to help you get there. I enjoy working with all genders, teens, adults, deep thinkers, and those with strong emotions.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Every year, I focus on learning new strategies and growing existing skills in evidence-based treatment, specifically dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). I participate on a DBT consultation team to better support my clients. Expert consultation, supervision, and possible referral are necessities when working in the mental health field and will be considered when I need more support or information.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Failures and mistakes were unavoidable in my life and they are part of life for everyone! We are each on our own journey, yet we can support each other along the way. Sometimes, the pain and the struggle can be an opportunity for healing and growth. I have found this to be true for me and for those I've known personally and professionally. So many factors, including ethnicity and culture, influence how we arrive where we are; I strive to be cognizant of that while also allowing the individual the right and the power to choose for themselves where they go from here.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The pandemic increased awareness of the need for mental health treatment, and I am thrilled that the stigma of receiving mental health treatment seems to be going away. This may lead to increased access to treatment for everyone, whether they are covered by insurance or not.
“So many factors, including ethnicity and culture, influence how we arrive where we are; I strive to be cognizant of that while also allowing the individual the right and the power to choose for themselves where they go from here.”