“I have a strong belief that I am a reflection of the client and the client controls the direction of treatment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started my career in addiction counseling and moved toward complex trauma where I learned that most maladaptive behaviors, thoughts, and feelings have a trauma source. It’s sometimes unknown and directly or indirectly related to the person experiencing these maladaptive events. I have a strong belief that I am a reflection of the client and the client controls the direction of treatment. I believe in a strengths-based approach and work from your identified strengths, which is often the most effective approach in outpatient therapy. I will assist clients with key learnings and insights about themselves, individually and as a couple.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal in therapy is to ensure you are moving forward and working toward feeling comfortable in your own skin, which includes minimizing or eliminating distress and stressors that affect relationships and daily life. My process includes motivational interviewing (MI). I believe people are more than one dimension and balance in all areas of life is needed for homeostasis, which means body, mind, and spirit work. Therefore, I address all of these areas when considering goals. Homework, individual work, and group work all play parts in the path to health. I will also promote automated intelligence (AI) as an adjunct to therapy.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue to deepen my understanding of creating and redesigning the neuron pathways from our senses to the brain (inputs) and the return of neuronal information out to the body and mind (outputs). This is neuroplasticity and early in life, mirror neurons play a pivotal role in this process. Understanding how our bodies process chronic stress and traumatic events is an ongoing study moving me toward becoming a somatic experiencing practitioner (SEP).
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are caring for others, continuous improvement, and servant leadership, which translate very well into working with others for self-improvement.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Automated intelligence is quickly becoming a necessity for our mental health needs and goals.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I've studied the Adult Attachment Interview and Coding by Mary Main and Erik Hesse and this has modified my approach by truly understanding where clients obtain their blueprint for building relationships. Linguistics (what is said, how it is said, what is not said) plays a huge role in our relationships and how we connect to others.
“I believe in a strengths-based approach and work from your identified strengths, which is often the most effective approach in outpatient therapy.”