“My focus is on developing rapport and trust and I never treat my clients as their diagnosis. Rather, I see them, I hear them, and I treat them as people.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am the eldest daughter in a large family where I was raised with a disabled sibling. This taught me compassion, empathy, problem-solving, and effectively trained me unofficially as a social worker. After trying out other careers, and getting sidetracked by life experiences, I returned to my original path and became a therapist. I pursued my master’s in social work after raising three children and I feel fortunate to assist my clients through difficult life challenges. Every day, I look forward to guiding their journeys as a therapeutic observer.
What should someone know about working with you?
During the initial intake session, I gather background information, encouraging clients to identify the presenting problem and their attainable goals. My focus is on developing rapport and trust and I never treat my clients as their diagnosis. Rather, I see them, I hear them, and I treat them as people. Continuing sessions are made up of informal and nonjudgmental conversations that allow further development of a solid relationship. I enjoy interactive sessions and adapt my therapy style to address each client’s individual needs. I suggest homework, if appropriate and relevant. Most of all, I act as my client’s biggest cheerleader, helping them to improve their awareness and challenge their negative thoughts through validation and unconditional support.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I often work collaboratively on integrated teams of psychiatrists, physicians, supervisors, and colleagues; this allows me to treat each client’s whole being. I believe in a strong connection between body, mind, and soul and that this connection contributes to improving harmony, balance, and overall health. I incorporate meditation, guided imagery, deep breathing, and mindfulness into my sessions. And I encourage the exploration of non-traditional holistic practices that focus on nutrition, yoga, and reiki.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
The most difficult step to therapy is making the first appointment. Take this time to focus on yourself and muster up the courage to act! Therapy empowers us to create a happy and fulfilling life; it’s widely accepted in society and should be viewed as a sign of strength. Working with a therapist allows you to process your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment, ultimately overcoming obstacles such as anxiety, depression, and other mental health struggles. Through therapy, it’s possible to fulfill your true potential and live your best life!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the development and acceptance of teletherapy. It’s become more widely utilized and accepted by insurance companies. Social awareness has improved as a result, with an increase in availability, advertising, and met needs. Teletherapy has normalized therapy, reducing stigmatization; I am hopeful it will become a required health treatment readily available to the entire population.
“I encourage the exploration of non-traditional holistic practices that focus on nutrition, yoga, and reiki.”