“My training allows me to offer the comfort of a friend while approaching life concerns without bias and judgment and with evidence-based approaches.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I was always very sociable; my friends always seemed to have life issues to manage and I loved being able to support them, helping them with their perspectives and encouraging them to think outside the box their thoughts confined them to. Deciding to go into this field was a natural choice and helped me learn the difference between a therapist and a friend. Although there is a difference, my practice thrives off connection and empathy as seen in friendship. My training allows me to offer the comfort of a friend while approaching life concerns without bias and judgment and with evidence-based approaches.
I have previously worked in an inpatient hospital and have varied experiences with many different types of individuals. I have worked in private practice for seven years and have extensive experience lending support and encouragement during difficult times.
What should someone know about working with you?
Intake is virtual and standard and homework is assigned if requested by the client. Progress is dependent on motivation; if someone is motivated, progress can be quite noticeable! I enjoy working with clients who are motivated toward change even if they are struggling with where and how to start.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
When encountering clients with specific issues, I find books and classes to ensure I have up-to-date knowledge to fit individual concerns.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that the universe hands us what we need if we are looking for it and open to it. I encourage people to listen to their instincts and follow their wants and needs to accomplish whatever they wish for themselves.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love the ability to meet virtually; it allows me more time and mental space to devote to caring for my clients.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
My dissertation was about empathy, specifically how empathy impacts our ability to be helpful therapists. It showed that empathy can negatively impact a therapeutic relationship if not managed correctly. This research impacts my practice by reminding me that therapists are responsible for their own self-care and ensuring that I am always bettering myself to better serve my clients.
“I enjoy working with clients who are motivated toward change even if they are struggling with where and how to start.”