“I believe the connection between therapist and client is crucial; I strive to find the connection, comfort, and support for my clients in order to have the most successful therapeutic relationship.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve always had a passion for learning about people’s backgrounds, their emotions, and how to help them feel better. In college, I volunteered at a rape crisis center and worked with a very resistant teen who helped me recognize that even the most difficult cases had hope with the right connection and drive to help. I knew then that I was meant for a helping profession. My early postgraduate experience was with special needs adults, which taught me strength, compassion, and patience. From there, I worked with substance abuse and mentally ill clients in a day treatment setting. I learned so much about different modalities of treatment and realized that each person’s story might require a slightly different approach. This led to my private practice, where my passion came back to helping teens and young adults dealing with trauma, life transitions, anxiety, and depression or needing guidance with their life journey. I believe in working as a team with my clients to help them achieve happiness and self-discovery.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe the connection between therapist and client is crucial; I strive to find the connection, comfort, and support for my clients in order to have the most successful therapeutic relationship. My goal is to understand the client’s treatment needs and plan the process together as a team. I use an eclectic approach to therapy, combining cognitive, emotional, and mind and body-centered modalities along with some humor and nurturing to help make the experience positive and real. I use the first two sessions to complete an intake and obtain a life history in an all-around “getting to know each other" setting. I like to promote a comfortable environment with security, safety, and trust. Progress is different for everyone, so treatment plans are tailored to each client’s individual needs and open dialogue is encouraged to explore progress, pace, and length of treatment.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Being in this field for almost 30 years, I have learned that the world of mental health is constantly evolving and changing. Therefore, as a therapist, the learning never stops. I participate in group peer supervision regularly to gain new insights from other professionals and obtain great feedback on cases. I continue to participate in new trainings, webinars, and conferences of interest, and I read books to help stay current and further develop my expertise.
“I use an eclectic approach to therapy, combining cognitive, emotional, and mind and body-centered modalities along with some humor and nurturing to help make the experience positive and real.”