“I believe that recovery is possible for everyone and I welcome the opportunity to help you achieve recovery.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was introduced to therapy at a young age; since then, I've always wanted to work helping people. I saw how my involvement in therapy over the course of my life helped me. It taught me how to process situations and difficult emotions, coping skills, and — most importantly — that I can overcome and be successful no matter what life hands me. I wanted to share what I have learned with others and help them fulfill their potential too. While not intended, my professional experience started by working with people suffering from addiction and working to integrate mental health treatment into addiction treatment programs. I found that those suffering with addiction had experienced some level of trauma in their lives. This was so present that I decided to get more extensive training in the treatment of trauma. Most recently, I have completed training in EMDR. Today, I specialize in the treatment of trauma and substance use.
What should someone know about working with you?
During our first couple of sessions, we will complete a psychosocial history so that I can best understand who you are. I will also ask about previous treatment experiences and what has been helpful or not so helpful for you. It is important to me that the therapeutic approach we take is one that will best meet your needs. At times, there may be assignments between sessions. Progress can be reflected by a decrease in symptoms and improved functioning. I believe that recovery is possible for everyone and I welcome the opportunity to help you achieve recovery. I am confident that we can move you through your life transitions together, overcome your difficulties and struggles, and get you to a point of optimal functioning in your life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
If I want to help people, I need to stay up-to-date with the most innovative and cutting-edge treatment modalities and research. I regularly participate in continuing education classes and certification programs to further build my competencies.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that everyone is capable of change and that the desired change is possible with the right support and tools. I know that there are resources to help anyone with their struggles and I never give up on people, even when they give up on themselves. I believe that change is always possible for anyone.
“I am confident that we can move you through your life transitions together, overcome your difficulties and struggles, and get you to a point of optimal functioning in your life.”