“I use a whole-person approach that starts with a personalized strategy to address the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that may be affecting your health and wellness.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a former critical care ICU nurse who worked closely with acutely ill patients in a busy level 1 trauma hospital and also worked with patients in their homes who needed extra medical care. As great as modern medicine is at saving lives, it does have its limitations. I not only came to this revelation as a healthcare professional with over a decade of experience but also as a private healthcare consumer myself. It is when I had my “aha” moment that I decided I must change the course of my career if I really wanted to make the most impact on people’s lives. I use a whole-person approach that starts with a personalized strategy to address the physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that may be affecting your health and wellness. The therapeutic interventions I use include evidence-based approaches in order to integrate the best treatment for you, whether it be conventional, complementary, or both.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am extremely thorough with my initial intake and want to investigate the HOWs of the life you have been living thus far. I will ask a lot of questions related to sleep, nutrition, exercise, substance use, social relationships, family relationships, work environments, and spiritual practices that may have influenced the manifestation of symptoms you may be feeling. As a certified CBT life coach, I understand that sometimes our running internal dialogue — the content of our thoughts and perceptions of reality — may play a contributing role in our physical and mental health. One last thing I would like you to take away is that YOU are the owner of the most powerfully sophisticated machine on the planet: The human mind! I enjoy educating and empowering my clients to take self-responsibility for their health and wellbeing, and I believe that healing is always possible, even when curing is not. I treat adults in the areas of ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress management, and emotional wellness.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that the ever-evolving mental health landscape has opened up more doors for access to mental health as never seen before. According to the American Psychiatric Association, telepsychiatry is equivalent to in-person care in regards to diagnostic accuracy, treatment effectiveness, quality of care, and client satisfaction, as many people feel more relaxed and willing to open up from the comfort of their own personal space. Mental illness does not discriminate and we have seen how stress can lead to serious mental health problems, like depression and anxiety disorders. As many as 20 percent of American adults will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year but only half will seek professional treatment. Telehealth has given us the opportunity to bridge this gap in care, so let's get started!
“I enjoy educating and empowering my clients to take self-responsibility for their health and wellbeing, and I believe that healing is always possible, even when curing is not.”