“As a social worker, I not only work from a clinical perspective, but I also look at the environment, interpersonal relationships, and the vision of where you want to be.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always said my career chose me. My education started in landscape design and somehow, I was drawn to the classes on helping others 25 years ago. The majority of my career has been in child protection work as a social work investigator, which is where my passion for helping others just grew stronger. I believe everyone has strengths to grow from. As a social worker, I not only work from a clinical perspective, but I also look at the environment, interpersonal relationships, and the vision of where you want to be.
What should someone know about working with you?
Should you find me to be a good fit, we will schedule a time to meet and get to know one another; I do my best to accommodate work schedules. In the first session, which is typically 60-minutes, we will take the time to get to know one another. I will collect information such as your history, family history, and what brought you to therapy. You will have the opportunity to ask me any questions. The goal is to improve your symptoms, which may mean creating a treatment plan and setting action plans to help you achieve your desired goal. This work requires an openness to change and growth.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was trained not to bring my own core values to the table but rather be open and accepting of others’ core values. In my practice, I will not pretend to understand or know something I don't. What you can expect from me is an acknowledgment of my ignorance and questions to help me understand.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The conversation about mental health is gaining momentum. For people to have access via telehealth is a convenience that can make therapy a priority.
“This work requires an openness to change and growth.”