“My sense of caring and empathy for others who are suffering has drawn me to this field, and I have enjoyed a very rewarding and satisfying career of helping others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Being a therapist is my second career; I was previously a stay-at-home mom and also helped my former husband with his television production work. I got involved with nonprofits, doing fundraising and promotional work for organizations making a positive impact in the world. After volunteering at a local homeless shelter for women and children, I became interested in the field of social work and went back to school to get my master’s degree. I have worked in various settings, including homeless shelters, medical clinics, rehab centers, nursing homes, and social service agencies. I have extensive experience working with the elderly and clients with dementia and Alzheimer's. My sense of caring and empathy for others who are suffering has drawn me to this field, and I have enjoyed a very rewarding and satisfying career of helping others.
What should someone know about working with you?
I aim to meet my clients where they are and let them set the pace and focus for their own treatment. I use CBT and DBT and focus on a strengths-based perspective to help clients reach their treatment goals and create more peace and joy in their lives.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports. Through these groups, I have access to many courses and training, which helps me further my education in the field of mental health, treatment modalities, and social justice issues. I often write articles that have been published in the NASW and ASWIS newsletters and have presented at conferences on various topics related to mental health and sport. I also serve on the Committee for College Sports and the Clinician's Committee for ASWIS. I meet monthly with other clinicians around the country to discuss various issues in the field, which exposes me to a multitude of concepts and insights that I bring back to my own private practice and clients.
“I use CBT and DBT and focus on a strengths-based perspective to help clients reach their treatment goals and create more peace and joy in their lives.”