“I work best with clients who are willing to do the work and are hopeful that change is possible.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I came to therapy via a long and twisty road. In some ways, I have always worked with couples and those feeling unsure or in distress. The impetus for me pursuing my degree, and ultimately becoming a therapist, was when a family member was struggling emotionally. I wasn't sure how to handle what was going on. At the time, I owned a horse and, when I was particularly confused or upset, I went down to the barn to be with her. Her reactions gave me insight into myself and my own behaviors, which helped me to support my family member. I wanted to be able to help others in a similar way and I initially went into equine-facilitated psychotherapy before moving onto more traditional therapeutic interventions. I love training and education and have taken workshops in ACT, CBT, motivational interviewing, EMDR, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work best with clients who are willing to do the work and are hopeful that change is possible. I don't always assign homework but I hope that you are considering trying to do things differently than you have been when you are not in session.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue to take workshops and trainings around couples approaches, such as emotionally-focused therapy.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values bring out a desire to be skillful, compassionate, and encouraging while incorporating a bit of fun and humor.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m most excited about the idea that there is an alternative to the DSM 5/ICD 10.
“My core values bring out a desire to be skillful, compassionate, and encouraging while incorporating a bit of fun and humor.”