“One key to the effectiveness of therapy is the relationship itself; it's important to me that you feel accepted for exactly who you are at this moment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I chose psychology as a young child, as I really wanted to help people grow as much as possible. My undergraduate degree was a BS, so it was more experimental, while my graduate degrees were focused on applied psychology. I was trained in psychodynamic theory and CBT and have stayed up-to-date with newer theoretical approaches. While my doctorate was in clinical psychology, I completed extra coursework to specialize in family therapy, school psychology, and organizational psychology. I've worked in schools, inpatient, and outpatient settings in the areas of brain injuries, addictions, dissociative disorder, Asperger’s, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, life stage issues, self-esteem, and more severe mental illness. I've run children's programs, trained future psychologists, and conducted assessments on children and adults. I use this wide variety of experience to get to the heart of a client’s issue and help them create real change in their life.
What should someone know about working with you?
One key to the effectiveness of therapy is the relationship itself; it's important to me that you feel accepted for exactly who you are at this moment. As your partner in change, I am always looking beneath the surface to make meaning and connections. While helping you challenge unproductive thoughts and sharing tried and true techniques, I will help you process the experiences that have led to your current state so that you can actively choose how you want to go forward on your journey and become the author of your own story. This way, you can become more resilient, better able to handle future challenges, and more prepared to rebound from setbacks.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As an active member of the Florida Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association, I am continually attending training in a variety of areas to hone my skills and familiarize myself with new theories and techniques. This also helps me get to know others in the field so that I can consult, collaborate, and refer when it is helpful. Having taught for many years, lifelong learning is one of my core values. I view continued education as inspirational and I see it as a way to continue to bring fresh insight to the people with whom I work.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that every individual has a unique set of genetics and experiences that combine to make them who they are in the present moment and that every person is valuable and deserving of a life well lived. I help people reflect on all of the things influencing who they are, including culture, religion, gender, location, and social situations, so that they can start to make conscious decisions about what they want to keep and what they want to leave behind on their journey to richer lives and increased happiness and confidence.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am happy to see the expansion of telehealth. It is so helpful to people who have transportation, health, or other issues preventing them from getting to an in-person office on a regular basis. It is also beneficial for those who are more relaxed and comfortable in their own setting, helping them be more open and honest in therapy. This leads to much more fruitful work and better outcomes. It is another way that I can meet you where you are.
“While helping you challenge unproductive thoughts and sharing tried and true techniques, I will help you process the experiences that have led to your current state so that you can actively choose how you want to go forward on your journey and become the author of your own story.”