“Each treatment plan is unique—I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My interest in family therapy started at a very young age. Early on, I was curious about what made people upset, angry, or sad. I wanted to explore this deeper and, most importantly, to learn how to help. I started out working as a case manager in an early education setting and quickly came to understand that in order to accomplish what I really wanted to do—psychotherapy—I would need further training. I applied to social work school and then began my ongoing engagement with post-graduate training to hone my skills as a therapist for people throughout the lifespan.
What should someone know about working with you?
It’s important to me to tailor my approach to each child, family, adolescent, or adult who comes in to see me. Whether we choose together to take on a behavioral or a psychodynamic approach, I prioritize getting to know each and every client in an in-depth manner. Ultimately, the type and number of goals we set will vary per client. Each treatment plan is unique—I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. I also value an interpersonal style during sessions. Although I prioritize getting to know the client at their own pace, I also remain an active participant in the session at all times.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
As a trained child and family therapist, I am accustomed to working with a wide range of providers—including school teachers, psychiatrists, and occupational and physical therapists, to name just a few. I believe that collaboration is essential when working with youth and have seen firsthand many times how well-coordinated, meaningful collaboration can yield helpful results. With my adult clients, I am happy to collaborate with other treatment providers in ways that further treatment. I have also functioned as a DBT skills trainer, so I have experience in taking on a supportive role in collaboration with others—in addition to being the primary therapist for individuals. I have established relationships with both pediatric and adult psychiatrists.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It’s understandable to feel hesitant about starting therapy. One of the most difficult parts of therapy is making that initial call. Not all therapists are necessarily a good fit for everyone, which is why there is a consultation period wherein the therapist and client can get to know each other to determine whether or not they want to move forward. Therapy is not unlike working out, where oftentimes just putting on your sneakers and beginning the workout can be the most daunting hurdle of all. Therapy is a personal experience, and so it is, by its very nature, different for everybody who takes that first step.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
These days, as we get more accustomed to utilizing online platforms, there are ways we may be able to connect with certain clients who we might not have been able to connect with otherwise. The obstacle of getting to an office, which is significant for many potential clients, is removed. There are also creative ways in which we can work through play therapy on these online platforms. Accessibility to therapy expands with these innovations and may help to remove some of the barriers that potential clients may feel when considering if therapy is right for them.
“Therapy is not unlike working out, where oftentimes just putting on your sneakers and beginning the workout can be the most daunting hurdle of all.”