“I work with people who have stress, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and difficulties with life transitions.”
What was your path to becoming a [provider type based on licensure]?
My path to becoming a therapist was not a straight line; while I’ve known I wanted to be a therapist since high school, I did not take this path right away. It was not until I was a mother that I decided to explore my passion for helping people in the mental health field. I began volunteering at a local mental health agency while I attended college. Once I graduated with my master’s degree, I continued at the same agency as a crisis worker before being promoted to crisis program manager. I managed supervisors, therapists, case managers, and support staff. While I was indirectly helping clients by managing my amazing team, I wanted to work directly with clients. I left my management position to pursue my dream of being in private practice where I could work directly with clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work with people who have stress, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and difficulties with life transitions. I look to each client as the expert in their own life. Using the client’s expertise in their own life coupled with my education and training, we work together to achieve goals and solve problems.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
To continue learning and building competencies as a provider, I take continuing education courses and training in evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-based therapies, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. I also take law and ethics courses as well as cultural competency trainin
“Using the client’s expertise in their own life coupled with my education and training, we work together to achieve goals and solve problems.”