“I really enjoy helping clients reach a place where they have that "aha" moment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Becoming a therapist was something that I have wanted to do for a very long time; my goal was always to help. I wanted to be that person someone could turn to in a time of need and see that they have support to make it through the difficult times. From the time I was a child, I was told that I never met a stranger. I find joy in meeting new people and learning from others. I have worked in an inpatient hospital setting, hospice and end-of-life care, residential treatment facilities, and schools. I have had the opportunity to work with individuals all along the life cycle. This has helped shape me into a well-rounded clinician. I have been trained in helping parents see parenting in a different light by using positive discipline techniques. I have had grief and loss training, DBT skills training, CBT training, and training in play therapy, and I use a trauma-informed approach with my clients. All of these trainings and experiences have helped shape my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I want to make the process of beginning therapy as easy as possible, because I know making the decision to come to therapy can be a difficult one. I use my best clinical judgment to determine what would be the most helpful to the client. I really enjoy helping clients reach a place where they have that "aha" moment. Anyone who is willing to try therapy and be open minded is my kind of client. With open-mindedness comes the opportunity for growth and the chance to build lasting relationships.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always looking for opportunities to learn. I love to collaborate with other providers, attend training, and conduct research to learn how to better serve clients. I also love to learn from my clients. I believe that every one of my clients can teach me something.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited to see where the world of telehealth will go. It has opened the door for clients to find therapists they feel they match well with, even outside of the city they live in. It has also opened many doors for therapists to reach more people from all over their states. I am interested to see how telehealth can reach more people and provide quality mental health services as time goes on.
“Anyone who is willing to try therapy and be open minded is my kind of client.”