“I believe the relationship between myself and my clients is the most important part of the work.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a licensed mental health counselor as well as a licensed social work associate. I have a master's degree in counseling psychology through American International College. I have been working in the human services field for the past nine years. In addition to my private practice, I also work as a supervisor with the Department of Children and Families. Prior to working at DCF, I worked in various settings, such as the Department of Mental Health, an inpatient detox program, in-home behavioral therapy, case management for adults with severe mental illness, and outpatient individual therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I always begin with a free phone consultation to gather information and let the client get to know me a little bit. If we decide we will be a good fit together, an initial session is scheduled either in person or through telehealth. Together, we discuss what the client would like to work on and we develop a treatment plan to ensure we both stay on track. Throughout the therapeutic process, I utilize various techniques, such as CBT, person-centered therapy, behavior therapy, Adlerian therapy, and coaching. I also offer counseling from a Christian perspective upon request. When working with parents around their child's behaviors, I take on a coaching role to best serve their needs.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My main focus in treatment is to develop a real relationship with my clients. I do this by allowing clients to get to know me and being real with them. I believe the relationship between myself and my clients is the most important part of the work. It is this relationship that allows the client to explore who they really are in a safe way with someone they can trust. Although I am not specifically a Christian counselor, I do make my faith a part of treatment with clients who share my beliefs.
“It is this relationship that allows the client to explore who they really are in a safe way with someone they can trust.”