“I am empathic, meet clients where they are, and actively and reflectively listen to client concerns so that, together, we can work to identify the important goals and objectives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I was in high school, I knew that I wanted to be a social worker. Having had some negative and some positive experiences as an adolescent with my own social workers, I felt that I could be effective and kind if I learned proper techniques. I worked diligently to obtain my degrees so that I could help those who struggle with maintaining mental wellness. I've helped provide many with resources they did not have, I've been an empathic listener, I’ve offered coping strategies to reduce symptoms, and I’ve used my knowledge to improve clients' lives. I pride myself on offering empathy to those who need to be heard, listened to, and understood. It is my deepest desire and duty to help anyone who would benefit from my training in general mental health as well as TF-CBT..
What should someone know about working with you?
I am empathic, meet clients where they are, and actively and reflectively listen to client concerns so that, together, we can work to identify the important goals and objectives. I aim to empower clients and help them achieve their goals by taking steps regularly and consistently. I do assign homework when necessary in order to further assist clients with succeeding in their goals. I provide feedback and praise as well as continued emotional support and encouragement so clients feel supported their entire time in treatment. I follow up with clients and make myself available as I am committed to seeing them succeed and thrive.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly earning CEU credits because I value learning new skills. I read books about therapy on my own time, keep treatment planners to further develop my skills, and engage in active and vibrant conversations with other therapists to further develop my knowledge.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am goal-oriented by nature; I enjoy planning objectives for myself and achieving them. I keep planners and checklists because they help me feel accountable and I enjoy feeling proud of my accomplishments. I'm motivated and dedicated to improving and progressing in life, I'm caring and compassionate with myself because I understand I am my biggest ally, and I challenge any discrepancies that I find within myself. I am critical but sympathetic with myself and I am my most avid cheerleader. I think kindly of myself but push myself to achieve my goals. I value this perspective and I believe applying it to my life gives me a window into kindness and compassion toward my clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love that many more people are open and accepting about the idea of receiving mental health treatment. So much stigma has been applied to this field and to see many actively involved in gaining greater insight into their lives through the help of therapists is a joy and wonder. I am hopeful that even more and more people will seek therapy to better themselves and lead healthier and more emotionally stable lives now and in the future.
“I provide feedback and praise as well as continued emotional support and encouragement so clients feel supported their entire time in treatment.”