“I am not the typical "How does that make you feel?" therapist; I believe we have the answers within and I am the tour guide helping you find them.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I didn't set out to become a therapist; becoming a therapist found me. I know what it's like to feel alone and even embarrassed by the struggles no one knows about. I know what it's like to feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unfortunately, I had some really "not so good" experiences with therapists, which lit a fire in me to become for others what I wish I had. I have been told I have a gift for "really seeing" people where they are and helping them see it too. I consider myself blessed and honored to be able to do what I do.
What should someone know about working with you?
I come from a background of working with individuals who have experienced significant trauma, substance abuse struggles, depression, and many other curveballs life throws. I am not the typical "How does that make you feel?" therapist; I believe we have the answers within and I am the tour guide helping you find them. I use a lot of neuroscience education, as I believe when we understand the “why” and the “what,” we can bridge the gaps of change. I believe homework depends on the person, but it's not uncommon. Change and progress aren't linear, but when we trust the process, they happen!
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I consider myself a big "brain nerd" and am fascinated by the healing process of the mind, body, and emotions of my clients through continued neuroscientific study and bringing that into the therapy world.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has changed the game for therapy; it has taken out the stigma and made it so much more accessible to everyone. If it were up to me, everyone would get therapy, and telehealth makes it convenient and possible.
“I use a lot of neuroscience education, as I believe when we understand the “why” and the “what,” we can bridge the gaps of change.”