“It is my belief that the things that happen to us can shape us in extraordinary ways.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist was shaped by the adversities I experienced from death, loss, and other traumas. My road to healing gave me a deep desire to help others reach their place of healing and it also made me realize that I had endured more suffering than I needed to. In my life, I have naturally been a peacekeeper and been asked for advice by the people who know me best. It gives me satisfaction to help people reach a place of peace when they are struggling with something. I have worked in a gamut of settings that range from mental institutions to prisons, nonprofits, and private practice. I've recently completed EMDR therapy and that has been transformative for me as a therapist. I hope to empower my clients to tap into their healing and abandon anything that has been a hindrance to their healing process.
What should someone know about working with you?
If you work with me, you can expect me to work hard to help you reach the goals we have set in therapy. My approach is eclectic and I welcome the feedback of those who give me the privilege of helping them deal with the hard things they have faced in life. I provide homework, as I find that homework helps to increase insight and expedite the healing process. I work best with adult clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and adverse life circumstances that still have a negative impact on their functioning.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
It is my belief that the things that happen to us can shape us in extraordinary ways. Things that are typically seen as negative, like conflict or loss, can become beneficial to us if we overcome those situations rather than letting them overcome us. Healing involves one decision at a time and I would be honored if I could be a part of that journey with you.
hat are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about EMDR in the mental health landscape and how that can be applied to teletherapy. EMDR is a unique therapy that works within the brain's memory network to help the brain utilize its natural healing process. It is the only therapy that I have used that does not require homework to work. Research has shown it to be effective with mental health issues that are known to be difficult to treat.
“Things that are typically seen as negative, like conflict or loss, can become beneficial to us if we overcome those situations rather than letting them overcome us.”