“Life is hard and I firmly believe we can do hard things.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist was not straightforward. I earned an undergraduate degree in genetic engineering, but quickly realized I needed more human interaction than bench science provided. So, I transitioned to becoming a high school science teacher. While I loved my time as a science teacher, it was really the interactions I had with my students that filled me with joy and purpose. I decided to get my master's degree in social work, as social work at its core is fighting for social justice and client-centered practice. There are very few times that we interact with humans on a deep level in this fast-paced world and I love to slow down and truly connect.
What should someone know about working with you?
I love working with clients going through life transitions or experiencing difficult things. Life is hard and I firmly believe we can do hard things. We are all worthy and deserve to feel like we can handle life's challenges. In the first session, you will describe the areas in your life in which you thrive and the areas you want to work on; I am centered on your goals and aspirations. Then, we will progress through each area of your life that you want to improve. I am strengths-based; I believe everyone has something they bring to the table and I want to help you build on it.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
One of the aspects of being a therapist that I love the most is continuing to learn. I am currently enrolled in EMDR training, which involves supervision, coursework, and practice. I want to continue this training beyond just the basics because I have seen the progress it offers clients. I am also very interested in somatic and body-centered work since we keep a lot of our emotional world locked up in our bodies.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
At my core, I believe all people are worthy of love and compassion. As a social worker, I also see that even though everyone is worthy of the same compassion, the world does not treat everyone the same. Microaggressions can weigh on a person and they might not realize the cumulative effects. Marginalized communities can also have historical trauma to unpack. I am always ready to have a conversation about race, privilege, gender identity, religion, and socioeconomic inequalities. Without these conversations, we can not move on as a society to a more just environment for everyone.
“I am strengths-based; I believe everyone has something they bring to the table and I want to help you build on it.”