“I have worked with people with many different issues and from various communities and I enjoy and celebrate the differences in people.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I struggled as a teenager. During my struggles, I was in foster care, group homes, and other placements that taught me a great deal about who I wanted to be as a person and what I wanted to do in my life. This brought me to work with people. At first, I worked in the jails in Connecticut as a counselor. I quickly realized this was not the environment where I wanted to spend my life. I then worked as a substance abuse counselor with dual-diagnosed clients. My focus was substance abuse and mental health. Then, I went to work with veterans and this opened my mind up to a whole different kind of clientele. I have worked with people with many different issues and from various communities and I enjoy and celebrate the differences in people.
What should someone know about working with you?
My style of therapy involves partnering with my clients to process what it is they need or want. I value interactive dialogue with my clients.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love to learn. I specifically love to learn about ways to help others in our communities. I continue to learn yearly, attending many different trainings and conferences to keep my skills updated. But most importantly, I learn from my clients; I learn their needs and how best to help them get their needs met.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
With my diverse background and chosen specialties, cultural diversity is very important to my practice.
“I value interactive dialogue with my clients.”