“My first goal is for clients to feel safe, comfortable, and heard in therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My social work career started when I began working with children with autism. During that time, I decided I wanted to go back to school to get my MSW. Once I completed school, I transitioned to working in child protective services, in foster homes, and with families through in-home therapy. Currently, I'm working in private practice with kids, teenagers, and young adults. I also have many years of experience working in substance use treatment and with adults experiencing homelessness. I love the work I do and I enjoy being able to work with different people in different stages of their lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
My first goal is for clients to feel safe, comfortable, and heard in therapy. I utilize a person-centered approach to treatment. This means that my client is the expert on their life. As a therapist, my goal is to empower and motivate clients to meet their goals. At our first session, you can tell me what is bringing you to therapy. I will gather information about your goals and expectations and we can talk about what, if anything, in your life you hope to see change. From there, we work collaboratively through the process.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a social worker, I believe that the field is constantly evolving and it is my job to continue to stay up-to-date on these changes. I love learning new therapeutic modalities and mindfulness strategies and reading new books related to different social work topics. I attend all types of training online and in person and attend virtual town halls related to revolutionizing social work. I also love learning from my clients.
“I utilize a person-centered approach to treatment.”