“It takes strength and grit to look inward and explore your patterns and roles in the circumstances of your life and I look forward to working alongside my clients on this journey.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist has been a long road and I spent many years working in an entirely different field. I worked as a teacher for several years and moved to the field of mental health counseling when I realized I wanted to provide more to others on an individual basis. I was inspired to work with people out of curiosity as to what drives behavior. The more I tried to understand these inquiries, the more I learned about people and how dynamic and resilient they are. Our thoughts and the stories we tell ourselves have tremendous influence over our lives and I have worked for many years assisting clients in challenging those negative beliefs and changing their narratives. Carl Jung said, “I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” It takes strength and grit to look inward and explore your patterns and roles in the circumstances of your life and I look forward to working alongside my clients on this journey.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy is an investment in yourself. Looking for a therapist is a brave first step in starting this journey. I work with clients at their pace and their comfort level, tailoring my approach to what may benefit the client most. I specialize in addiction, trauma, and grief and loss. My hope is that my unique experiences and knowledge can help each client cultivate the greatest possibilities in their life by discovering patterns, becoming aware of unconscious beliefs, and learning to self-heal.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a lifelong learner, I am inspired both by clients and my own experiences to pursue new areas of development based on the needs of my clients and community. I continue to network with colleagues about opportunities for continued education in the field. My core belief in accessible mental health care means providing transformative treatment to those in need and through their insurance or at a low cost.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values shape my approach to therapy through my commitment to providing the most beneficial experience to the clients I work with. I believe in accessible mental health care and wellness. It is my hope that, by working with insurances and with individuals on a sliding fee scale, finances are never a barrier to treatment. My experience as a teacher and trainer influences my love of psychoeducation and desire to provide clients with as much information as possible about the practices utilized in therapy. I believe in client autonomy and giving each client space to explore areas in their life where they would like to see change. By providing clients with the tools and education to help them on their healing journey, they are independent and empowered in their journey.
“My hope is that my unique experiences and knowledge can help each client cultivate the greatest possibilities in their life by discovering patterns, becoming aware of unconscious beliefs, and learning to self-heal.”