“Achieving what my clients want from therapy is what I enjoy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist because I enjoy partnering with my clients on their goals and seeing them make achievements. My family and friends describe me as a great listener and the person they come to talk through their problems with, even if they just want someone to listen. I became a social worker years ago and have worked with adults to problem solve, develop coping skills, and achieve goals. During my career, I have had several roles in a large medical center and worked with clients on their personal goals as well as employees on their career goals. I use a variety of modalities in my work, including cognitive behavioral, narrative, and solution-focused therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
When I first start working with a prospective client, we speak on the phone to get to know each other. You can tell me a little about what’s going on and what you are hoping to get out of our time together. I will tell you more about how I work. We will make goals and check in on progress toward those goals over time. If something isn’t working, we’ll adjust and find a new way forward. Achieving what my clients want from therapy is what I enjoy. I offer a strengths-based, compassionate approach with a focus on working with anxiety and life transitions. I also treat stress factors that include relationship issues, divorce, chronic health issues, grief and loss, and school or career-related changes.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
This is a very exciting time to be a mental health provider! I have been able to be more accessible to my clients through telehealth and the clients have had more flexibility to take advantage of the benefits of therapy. In addition to telehealth, the pandemic helped remove the stigma around mental health care. People are more open to acknowledging their mental health needs and reaching out for help. This is wonderful.
“I offer a strengths-based, compassionate approach with a focus on working with anxiety and life transitions.”