“Empathy, unconditional positive regard, validation, and compassion have been ingrained into my personal identity through my own healing journey, my education and training, and my professional experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
From a young age, I became painfully aware of how often people struggle in silence (for a multitude of reasons). I also quickly learned, from growing up in a small town in Upstate New York, that access to mental health treatment is often limited. These realizations compelled me to take my first psychology course in high school. I became engrossed with trying to understand the human condition, and I felt a strong pull to join the mental health community so that others could have a supportive place to let their thoughts, emotions, and experiences land safely. The rest is history. I am happy to share more about my education and training experiences.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with clients, I strive to make the therapeutic experience warm, interactive, collaborative, nonjudgmental, genuine, respectful, and safe. I believe that you are the expert of your life and that you already possess all of the strengths that will assist you through this journey. I look forward to helping you harness these strengths to make the changes you want. I prefer to have clients complete intake paperwork prior to our first session so that our first session is focused on you, your story, and your goal development. My approach is eclectic, combining client-centered, Rogerian, strengths-based, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral interventions. I sometimes assign homework. We will tailor our sessions and treatment to meet your unique and specific needs, the things that are concerning you, and the things you want to change. While I have experience with clients ages five and up, I currently work with adults 18 years and older.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Continued education is very important to me as we live in an ever-changing world. It is a priority for me that clients have access to the most effective forms of mental health treatment. If you are investing your time, finances, and emotions into this process, I want it to be successful for you. I am always interested in learning as much as I can about trauma and how it impacts the mind, body, and soul. I am highly interested in Bessel Van Der Kolk's work on complex PTSD. I also have a new affinity for acceptance and commitment therapy interventions.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Empathy, unconditional positive regard, validation, and compassion have been ingrained into my personal identity through my own healing journey, my education and training, and my professional experiences. I always strive to bring these qualities into a client's therapeutic experience as I feel these are foundational elements for successful therapy. I have a special interest in the college-aged population.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited to see that access to quality mental health treatment is expanding through teletherapy. I believe that every person who wants and needs access to mental health treatment should be able to have access to it. It’s a gift to witness the field address the lack of care I saw as a young person and being a part of this solution is even better. It takes courage to seek out support and to take the first step toward making change, and I am proud of you for getting started. When you are ready to take the next step, I am here to support and empower you.
“I always strive to bring these qualities into a client's therapeutic experience as I feel these are foundational elements for successful therapy.”