“Individuals still experience a lot of stigma and roadblocks when it comes to addressing and taking care of their mental health and I wanted to be a driving force against those things.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I believe that coming from a family with transgenerational trauma and substance abuse helped shape me into a person who knew they wanted to be in the mental health field from a young age. Individuals still experience a lot of stigma and roadblocks when it comes to addressing and taking care of their mental health and I wanted to be a driving force against those things. I wanted to utilize evidence-based practices, which led me to my master’s program and allowed me to receive a certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy from the Beck Institute. My experiences in various mental health settings (juvenile justice, outpatient, inpatient, intensive in-home services, etc.) have further shaped my therapeutic style. Life is full of ups and downs, calm and chaos, triumph and hardship, but you don't have to face it alone!
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is to create a warm and welcoming environment in order to build a solid relationship that allows us to explore what brought you to therapy. In the first 1-2 sessions, we’ll get to know one another and use an intake document that asks some further questions so we can figure out what our focus will be. My goal is to help you understand your patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving and then work on mastering skills to take control back. At times, I might give homework in order to build upon skills and reinforce the positive change that is happening within you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The mental health field is ever-evolving, so I am always on the lookout for webinars or training that will teach me a new technique or model to put in my own toolbox. In addition, I collaborate with other mental health providers and engage in group supervision in order to gain perspective and ideas from others in the field.
“Life is full of ups and downs, calm and chaos, triumph and hardship, but you don't have to face it alone!”