“I have always enjoyed helping people, even from a young age.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always enjoyed helping people, even from a young age. So, counseling was a natural fit for me. I have worked in many treatment modalities, from inpatient residential care to outpatient, crisis management, the criminal justice system, and private practice. I believe my education, life experience, and work history are well-suited for anyone struggling with addiction.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake is a process of gaining all necessary information from the client; it is part of the counseling process. Some clients may feel like they are not making much progress and stop the therapeutic process. They may need to be reminded that slow progress is still progress. Recovery is possible!!!
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Being from a small town and living on a farm, I did not grow up around a minority population. My first job was working for a residential community release program at the age of 24. Most of the clients were African American. I learned more from them than I ever have in school. I am grateful for that opportunity, as it taught me how to listen and learn.
“I believe my education, life experience, and work history are well-suited for anyone struggling with addiction.”