“I believe the best therapists must first have experience as clients themselves, as that is the only way to really understand what it is like to sit in the other chair.”
What should someone know about working with you?
I take a pretty conversational approach to therapy; I don’t have a problem engaging clients, asking questions, and exploring themes to address. I have an affinity for working with introverted clients who are sometimes afraid they will have “nothing” to say, or “don’t know where to start.” Clients who don’t have prior experience with counseling will often tell me that our first session felt a lot easier than they anticipated. Therapy might not be “fun”, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating, frightening, or bereft of humor.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Due to both familial and personal experiences with mental health concerns, grief, and trauma, I was drawn to therapy from a young age. My own positive experiences with counseling led me to develop an interest in pursuing therapy as a career. I believe the best therapists must first have experience as clients themselves, as that is the only way to really understand what it is like to sit in the other chair. I do not believe in stigmatizing mental health concerns. Instead, I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and you can expect my counseling style to be warm, interactive, and nonjudgmental. I am client-centered and use various interventions from a range of therapeutic approaches, so I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your individual needs and goals.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Mental health treatment has never been more accessible than it is right now. Clients who have children, hectic jobs, mobility issues or challenges with transportation, now have a lot more options when it comes to seeing a therapist. I’ve been passionate about the idea of telehealth and remote therapy since grad school, and am so excited to finally be able to do this for a living.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, crafting, watching sci-fi or anime, and playing video games. I also have no problem labeling myself as a Trekkie and named both of my dogs after Star Trek characters. If you are looking for a nerdy therapist, I definitely fit that bill.
“I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and you can expect my counseling style to be warm, interactive, and nonjudgmental.”