“I have a warm, tell-it-how-it-is approach and a propensity for humor that my clients often find comforting and supportive.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always knew I would be in a helping profession because I identify as a natural-born caregiver and find deep meaning in the human connection. So, I became a social worker right out of the gate. It also didn't hurt that I am the child of a social worker, and I learned about the value of mental health care and became privy and empathic to the needs of vulnerable people at a young age. Being a therapist allows me to lean into the empathy, compassion, and listening that come naturally while grounding my perspective in clinical frameworks and techniques that I believe in. I've worked in nonprofit and hospital settings, which have offered me a diverse client experience and have deepened my understanding of how the systems we work in or are a part of can shape our worldview.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have a warm, tell-it-how-it-is approach and a propensity for humor that my clients often find comforting and supportive. Authenticity is key and I believe that therapy is a collaborative process with no one-size-fits-all approach. Together, we'll dive deep and get to the heart of the matter. We'll make meaning out of where you are in this moment and explore the barriers that may be standing in the way of what you want for yourself. I hope to help create a space where you can finally put your needs first and let go of internal pressure and expectations. I'll help you find strength and control even in the midst of uncertainty.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am curious by nature, so continuing education has always been a foundation of my professional (and personal) work and growth. During the course of my career, I have received certificates in several areas, including advanced clinical practice, cognitive behavioral therapy, and complicated grief. As a supervisor for students and other clinicians, I have stayed connected to the role of both a learner and a sharer of knowledge, which has been rewarding and fulfilling. I am also a certified oncology social worker and was featured in press opportunities to help increase education on psycho-oncology issues during my time at a national cancer nonprofit.
“I hope to help create a space where you can finally put your needs first and let go of internal pressure and expectations.”