“The development of a positive, trusting therapeutic relationship is of primary importance to me.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Social work is my first career and I have every intention of maintaining my commitment to the field of mental health. I have several other passions, including music, which I also find very healing. Some of my main professional focuses have included treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, eating disorders, struggles related to sexual orientation, and more. What drew me to these areas was my natural sense of empathy and compassion for others paired with some relevant personal and familial experiences that have inspired me to support others in this meaningful way. I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including hospitals, residential facilities, counseling centers, and nonprofit organizations. My professional experience has shaped and prepared me to become the seasoned clinician that I am today. I have completed specialized training in CBT, DBT, and trauma and have strived to apply all that I have acquired to my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
The development of a positive, trusting therapeutic relationship is of primary importance to me. I truly listen to my clients and strive to provide a supportive outlet paired with meaningful feedback, guidance, and motivation. Upon intake, I typically ask a variety of important questions to deepen my understanding of the client and their presenting concerns and counseling goals in an effort to be effective. To me, progress is equated with healing, growing, learning, and applying new skills to promote positive change. If the client is receptive, I may give clinical assignments in an effort to support progress and encourage motivation and self-accountability. I truly enjoy working with people of all ages, backgrounds, and presenting problems.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Some of my core values include inner peace, healing, letting go of past resentments, and true human connection with reciprocity. My upbringing has surely shaped my worldview given that I have endured some personal hardships that have ultimately left me with enhanced self-awareness and insight and the acquisition of truly valuable tools and skills that have helped me to overcome quite a bit. It is my true intention to pay it forward and support other people in need of help. I genuinely love working with people of diverse backgrounds across all demographics and I personally strive to demonstrate the utmost sensitivity.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I have worked in telehealth for years and am truly excited to continue this process. I am so grateful that people can now access needed and deserved mental health support without having to physically enter an office or practice. I have found this option to be so convenient for so many, affording people the opportunity to comfortably and conveniently access help without the added stress and anxiety that can accompany office-based treatment and therefore removing potential barriers to starting this often valuable process. I strive to remain continually aware of new treatment modalities and approaches in an effort to remain current and effective in my work with clients. I am especially drawn to material on trauma, depression, and anxiety given their prevalence.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
My former position involved overseeing a program geared toward educating youth and preventing recidivism/recurrences of inappropriate and, in some cases, illegal sexualized behaviors. This program was initially federally-funded as part of a research grant. I found this experience incredibly enriching and rewarding in a multitude of ways.
“I truly listen to my clients and strive to provide a supportive outlet paired with meaningful feedback, guidance, and motivation.”