“I share with my clients my understanding of why they are struggling and explain to them the ways I can help reduce suffering and increase pleasure in life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been interested in working with people. My own path toward becoming a therapist began when I accepted a position as a special education teacher. Teaching pulled on my strengths of empathy and compassion, as well as my knack for planning and creativity. Unfortunately, I noticed my students struggling more and more with mental health needs and I had a limited understanding of how to best support them. After several repeated experiences, I decided to pursue a career in child and adolescent psychology. Through graduate school and training, I have worked with children, parents, and adults with a range of disorders and I really enjoy the opportunity to help people across the lifespan.
What should someone know about working with you?
I care deeply about the individuals and families I work with, and I work collaboratively with them during the first few sessions to determine treatment goals. From there, we identify ways to meet these goals using a range of modalities I have been trained in. I share with my clients my understanding of why they are struggling and explain to them the ways I can help reduce suffering and increase pleasure in life. I work with clients to enhance their self-efficacy and ask them to practice the skills and techniques we discuss inside of session in their own lives. This helps test the treatment’s effectiveness while also improving the client’s day-to-day functioning.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I feel strongly about collaborating with other professionals. In order to provide quality care, it is crucial that I speak to other people who are part of the team. I take care in speaking to outside providers, including medication providers, schools, parents, and other individuals whose expertise can maximize treatment effectiveness. In my experience, both clients and providers are thrilled to learn I have spoken to their other clinicians, as it demonstrates my commitment to working with them and developing a comprehensive treatment plan.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Unfortunately, there is a stigma surrounding mental health in our society. I find this confusing and frustrating, given that we encourage children to ask for help or come to grown-ups when they need us. Sadly, adults are typically given a different message, which is why it makes sense that someone might be hesitant to try therapy. Fortunately, therapy is incredibly effective in helping with a range of disorders and it can greatly help improve your day-to-day functioning. Research shows that people feel better even after simply picking up the phone to make their first appointment. So if you are hesitant, I would encourage you to call! Therapy is a process and it takes time to make sure you are with the right therapist and in the treatment that works for you.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am really excited about the way technology is changing mental health and I have really appreciated the opportunity to reach more people and give them access to mental health through telemedicine. The ability to work with parents and children in their home is far more meaningful than in an office, and I have found this new setting leads to more lasting change.
“Therapy is incredibly effective in helping with a range of disorders and it can greatly help improve your day-to-day functioning.”