“While I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy along with mindfulness and motivational interviewing techniques to encourage change, I also understand that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Becoming a psychotherapist has been a passion of mine since I was a young child; it is not just a career to me. It is my belief that we all want to live happy and fulfilled lives where we not only have the positive coping skills needed but a deeper understanding of how and when to apply them. It is because of this belief that I am drawn to a field where I have the opportunity to help others become the best possible version of themselves. I have worked in numerous and diverse settings such as outpatient clinics, college universities, substance rehabilitation centers, and private practice. All of these settings have given me the experience needed to shape my practice today.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that the therapeutic process is one that is collaborative and I recognize the importance of a client's individuality. While I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy along with mindfulness and motivational interviewing techniques to encourage change, I also understand that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach. I am committed and dedicated to helping others achieve the change that they desire.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Prior to the global pandemic of COVID-19, I found myself on the fence regarding telehealth and how it compared to in-person sessions. I have always considered myself to be "old-school" in the sense that when I envisioned meeting with clients, I pictured a client on the couch and me across from them in a chair as we engaged in a conversation fueled by my client’s body language and facial expressions. However, today we live in a much different world and we have all had to adjust. I have found that the relationship between the therapist and client can still be built just as well via telehealth and facial expressions and body language are not lost. In fact, telehealth allows us as providers to reach more clients from a greater distance, including those who normally would not be able to seek therapy due to busy lives. Telehealth has been a game-changer for many, and that is truly amazing and exciting.
“I am committed and dedicated to helping others achieve the change that they desire.”