“Even though the subconscious takes up about 10% of the real estate in our minds, it actually controls about 90%!”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Psychotherapy has been my first and only career for the past 22 years, but I didn't start out there. Initially, I attended seminary and then pursued a dual bachelor's degree in art and psychology. I majored in art therapy, which has informed my personal and professional journeys. I believe what initially drew me to my area of focus was a poem by Emily Dickinson, entitled, “If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking.” I can recall reading this in high school and understanding that this would be my path. I believe that my unconventional upbringing and various life experiences make me well-suited to be a therapist. I have worked in various mental health settings, from community mental health to working with those with HIV/AIDS in the context of group art therapy. I know that all of these experiences have informed who I am. I feel honored to have "grown up" in the field.
What should someone know about working with you?
In a first session with me, people can expect a fairly smooth onboarding process and transition into identifying the presenting problem they would like to start with. I do assign homework that is relevant to session topics in the interest of keeping up the work outside of therapy time, which allows the discussion to become transformative. Progress really is seen and experienced by both parties involved and is measurable. I always incorporate client feedback, so that progress is measured and ongoing. I enjoy working with people of all ages, from adolescents to adults.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am expanding my hypnotherapy practice, as I am finding so much success with people of all ages and backgrounds. Even though the subconscious takes up about 10% of the real estate in our minds, it actually controls about 90%! Hypnotherapy is a great adjunct to traditional talk therapy and I find I am using it now more than ever. I maintain my credentials as a certified hypnotherapist (CH), clinically-certified alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs social worker (C-CATODSW), and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) by attending regular trainings to keep up with the best practices and evidence-based treatments. I am also trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and seminar in field Instruction (SIFI).
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited for increased access for ALL people seeking therapy. People used to have to jump through so many hoops just to locate appropriate care, and telehealth is changing all of that. I’m excited to see a time where people can easily access the treatment they need and deserve.
Why did you choose to be part of the Alma network?
I joined in the hopes that I would be able to reach a broader client base and engage in some of the deeper, more specific work that I am now specializing in, such as healing from narcissistic relationships, gender issues, treating behavioral addictions, and re-entry after leaving a cult.
“Hypnotherapy is a great adjunct to traditional talk therapy and I find I am using it now more than ever.”