“I have known I wanted to be a psychologist for as long as I can remember; the idea of using evidence-based practices to empower people to live their lives to their fullest is my passion and my calling.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have known I wanted to be a psychologist for as long as I can remember; the idea of using evidence-based practices to empower people to live their lives to their fullest is my passion and my calling. I enjoy deep conversations and sharing a journey with my clients that leads to long-lasting insight and fulfillment. Throughout the years, I have worked in community agencies, research institutes, university counseling centers, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and private practice in three states (Oregon, Illinois, and Florida). Each of those opportunities have taught my invaluable lessons about working with a widely diverse clientele, making me not only comfortable but passionate about working with clients from all walks of life. I enjoy creating a safe, judgment-free space where you can explore your identity and your relationships in depth and generate compassion for yourself as you work on desired change.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach is mainly psychodynamic. Initially, we will focus on helping you cope in healthier ways. Once you are feeling more empowered, we then explore the underlying components of your symptoms in order to achieve long-lasting healing. My goal is to help you recognize, understand, and have compassion for how you may have developed less-than-ideal ways of dealing with specific issues in your life. In addition, you will learn about tools, how to use them, and more importantly, how to recognize when to use them.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Learning is a life-long commitment I made when I decided to become a psychologist. I engage in continuing education and provide educational opportunities for my colleagues as well. I recently became board-certified, which is the highest level of additional training that a psychologist can have. I’m also the president-elect of the Florida Psychological Association and maintain a great focus on continuing education and staying updated on all the ethical, legal, and clinical aspects that allow me to provide my clients with the highest quality of services possible. I continually strive to keep updated on cultural humility training as well as evidence-based practices for my areas of specialty.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
One of my core values is a deep respect for cultural differences in our world. I have lived in three countries, speak three languages, and feel that a diverse world enriches our humanity and our experience of life. I strive to engage in cultural humility training perpetually so that I can continue to serve clients from diverse backgrounds, whether these are shared identities or not. I also strongly believe in kindness and compassion and bring these qualities into my work by creating what clients have always experienced as a warm therapeutic environment.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the growth of telehealth as I believe that eliminating barriers to mental health treatment is of most importance in our world today.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
Throughout my PhD training, I engaged rigorously in research. This taught me to be disciplined in my approach to therapy, always using a foundation of scientific findings to inform my interventions. Therapy is an art as much as a science and the foundation of research has helped me be an informed consumer to guide my ever-evolving work.
“I enjoy creating a safe, judgment-free space where you can explore your identity and your relationships in depth and generate compassion for yourself as you work on desired change.”