“I knew people were hurting and I wanted to help heal that hurt.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is a second career for me. After a successful career in health information, I decided to go back to school in my 40s to get a degree in social work. I wanted to make a difference for one person at a time. I knew people were hurting and I wanted to help heal that hurt.
What should someone know about working with you?
Once the initial paperwork is completed and we sit down to decide whether to meet online or in person, I ask what the client would like to get from therapy or what brought them in today. Usually, the first session or two is devoted to getting to know each other and what the client would like to accomplish. We develop a treatment plan together and we identify what progress looks like. I believe homework or practicing what is learned in session is important. Making changes is not easy so I enjoy working with clients and seeing the changes they make and the difference this makes in their lives. I believe even the small accomplishments need to be celebrated as they lead to the big accomplishments.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are at the heart of my therapy. I was fortunate enough to be raised by parents who believed in accepting people as they are and that is how I have lived my life. I celebrate our differences and I do so because I learn just as much from my clients as they learn from me. It would be a very boring world if we were all the same.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Mental health is changing so much right now for the better. We as a community are becoming more aware of the need for mental health and the stigma is lessening. In addition, telehealth has made therapy more accessible than it has ever been before. I see this changing things for individuals as well as our communities as a whole.
“I believe even the small accomplishments need to be celebrated as they lead to the big accomplishments.”