“The most important piece to me centers around the therapeutic relationship, meeting you where you are and working within your style of communication to achieve your desired goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Those closest to me would say that it is my warm, compassionate, and down-to-earth nature that makes me a good therapist. I began my career working with children and adolescents along with their families in the areas of behavioral issues, mood disorders, and emotional disturbances that led to poor social connections and poor academic performance. I then spent a great deal of my career working with adults diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness. Here, my focus was largely on the recovery process and psychiatric rehabilitation. During this time, I was also able to work with elderly clients who suffered from dementia, depression, and anxiety disorders. I passionately believe that all of these experiences not only gained me clinical skill and expertise but also shaped my perspective on mental health. I view it as not just about illness but about the whole person holistically.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach is tailored to you as an individual, with your specific needs and comfort level in mind. I pull from my training and experience in cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based, and psychodynamic therapies (as well as other evidence-based work). The most important piece to me centers around the therapeutic relationship, meeting you where you are and working within your style of communication to achieve your desired goals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
In addition to the clinical work I do, I adjunct at various colleges in mental health counseling master's programs. I have always carried a strong desire to teach new clinicians about elements of community health that they may not learn in traditional academia. I am very passionate about instilling knowledge and confidence in those who are called to help others as they navigate their first experiences working with those in need.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I think what I find most intriguing about telehealth is the opportunity to work with clients in their own environment; I believe this carries many positives. It allows the client to have this very vulnerable experience in the comfort of their own space. If the client is comfortable, it allows me to observe elements of their home and personal life that are not always apparent in an office setting, which can help both inform and guide the therapeutic relationship.
What should your clients know about you?
Although I have a lot of experience coupled with education, it is truly my clients who teach me how to be a better practitioner. It is their courage to seek support, commitment to staying focused, and discovery of strengths they often did not know they had that keep me motivated and energized. There is nothing better than seeing someone reach a goal or conquer a fear through their own hard work and dedication.
“There is nothing better than seeing someone reach a goal or conquer a fear through their own hard work and dedication.”