“I have been trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and utilize an integrated approach depending on my client’s needs and presenting problems.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I always had a natural inclination to support and advocate for others. I have had the opportunity to gain experience in many settings, including a residential treatment facility, a mobile crisis agency, and a foster care agency. With my job experiences and personal experiences, I have been able to see the impact that trauma or difficult life experiences have on an individual’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health. This motivates me to assist, teach, and empower individuals to recognize this impact in their own lives and find ways to create change and hope within themselves. I have been trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and utilize an integrated approach depending on my client’s needs and presenting problems. I create a safe space and take a genuine, authentic approach in order to form a positive connection with my client.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process consists of obtaining the individual and family histories of my client while learning about their reasons for seeking therapy. I take a strengths-based, client-driven approach to ensure I am hearing and understanding their goals. Depending on my client and their approval, I may assign homework in order to continue creating change outside of sessions. We will assess and monitor progress together and realign any goals as needed. It is not easy asking for help so I enjoy working with anyone who has been brave enough to begin taking steps toward their healing.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have participated in several courses and trainings surrounding trauma. Whether someone has experienced a major traumatic life event or has had experiences that have been difficult for them to cope with, the impact on the mind and physical body are huge. I work toward learning as much as possible in this area in order to best support the individuals I work with. I collaborate with other providers to ensure I am providing the best care that I can while learning and growing from the knowledge of others.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My life experiences have shaped my approach to therapy in several ways. Through my own personal experiences and the experiences I have learned from others, I have realized that life can be extremely hard and stressful. Treating yourself with kindness and asking for help is difficult but can be worth it. I work to provide kindness and open-mindedness while acknowledging the unique differences in the individuals I serve and their cultural backgrounds. I continue to learn about racial, ethnic, and cultural considerations to ensure I am providing culturally-competent care to the best of my ability.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
In this evolving mental health landscape, I have become excited about the opportunity to provide mental health services over telehealth. I was skeptical about creating a safe and genuine environment without being in the same room as the individual but I’ve found that it’s possible. Being able to provide telehealth services increases accessibility and also allows more flexibility for the client and therapist. Being able to create your own safe space for therapy sessions in a place that feels right to you is also an added benefit.
“I create a safe space and take a genuine, authentic approach in order to form a positive connection with my client.”