“When working with someone, I like for them to know that I take a holistic approach, helping them to look at the whole picture and what allows for the possibility of healthy growth and positive outcomes to treatment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist started while working with children and families over an eleven year span. I worked with those separated in a system unsuited to understand the effects of trauma on the family unit. Over the years, I grew more compassionate about wanting to work directly with these individuals and specifically desired to provide therapy and the correct treatments to help support and allow individuals, couples, and families to thrive rather than just survive. Today, the education I received while earning my master’s in social work and master’s in criminology informs my approach when working with clients. I am also eager to expand my work within the LGBTQ and autism communities due to both a professional and personal understanding of what is needed.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with someone, I like for them to know that I take a holistic approach, helping them to look at the whole picture and what allows for the possibility of healthy growth and positive outcomes to treatment. I also like for clients to know that I look at cultural, familial, sexual, and gender-related factors that could be affecting or benefitting their pursuit toward health and how they pursue opportunities for change. With this said, I like to work with patients affected by trauma, individuals within the LGBTQ community, and individuals impacted by autism. Due to my experiences and training, I am well suited to treat these identified communities while also allowing such individuals to feel a sense of understanding and acceptance.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
One of the core values I live by references Dr. Wayne Dyer: “Open to everything and attached to nothing.” This has informed my therapeutic approach and allowed me to step outside the box of societal expectations and meet the client where they are in the treatment process. While I, like everyone, am labeled based on what people see when they look at me and based on my experiences, I like to remember that I am ever-changing and so is everyone else. Therefore, starting wherever the client is in their journey is of the most importance.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
One aspect of the evolving mental health landscape I am most excited about is the infusion of Eastern medicinal forms of treatment into the therapeutic process. As a clinician who takes a holistic approach to treatment, I find it imperative when helping clients learn various techniques that can be used to allow them to feel more present and grounded.
“I also like for clients to know that I look at cultural, familial, sexual, and gender-related factors that could be affecting or benefitting their pursuit toward health and how they pursue opportunities for change.”