“I very much appreciate working with clients to identify treatment goals that help them resolve current challenges and/or support lifestyle changes that help them live happier and more productive lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have worked in the mental health field since 2005. Prior to that, I worked as a litigation paralegal and business consultant. I found that many legal issues overlapped or developed as a result of poor communication, ineffective conflict resolution skills, or the lack of appropriate emotional regulation. Working as a licensed mental health counselor has allowed me to help my clients discover the roots of their present concerns to live their best lives. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and integrate other evidence-based treatments depending on my clients’ needs. I am a certified hypnotherapist and have advanced training in accelerated resolution therapy. I also offer a Christian faith-based integration when requested.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am currently providing telehealth care only. I meet my clients where they are in terms of their treatment. If they are willing to work outside of session, I do provide recommended readings, worksheets, technical tools, or activities to support the work we do in session. I very much appreciate working with clients to identify treatment goals that help them resolve current challenges and/or support lifestyle changes that help them live happier and more productive lives.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
While my work with clients is in the here and now, I recognize the impact of early life experiences — including the framework of culture, ethnicity, and spirituality — in shaping our character, behaviors, and decisions. I also realize that trauma (primary and secondary) can have a significant impact on our lives and sometimes change how we see and interact with the world. Using trauma-informed therapy techniques, I provide a safe place to explore, develop insight, learn coping skills, and find tools to manage interaction with others and most importantly, within yourself.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I admit that I initially was not a fan of telehealth. Despite research to the contrary, most of my resistance was based on feeling that I needed to be with my clients to be effective. In March 2020, I offered telehealth but it represented only around 10% of my practice. As I worked with a number of frontline workers, including first responders, medical personnel, and teachers, it became a necessity to provide telehealth to all clients. Since that time, I have found telehealth to be equally effective with almost all clients, including those who were initially reluctant or hesitant to use a virtual platform. I have even found hypnotherapy and trauma work effective in the telehealth setting and sometimes preferable as the client can choose to be in their own comfortable setting. Telehealth improves access to care with no time lost due to traffic or travel.
“Using trauma-informed therapy techniques, I provide a safe place to explore, develop insight, learn coping skills, and find tools to manage interaction with others and most importantly, within yourself.”