“Unconditional positive regard is at the center of my practice; listening, learning, and not judging are essential to creating a safe space.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I was always frustrated that seeking therapy held a stigma and was seen as a deficit. I truly believe everyone needs their own nonjudgmental person to listen, guide, and offer support. I have been practicing for 19 years, and I find that my clients are the strongest humans on earth. The ability to allow yourself to be vulnerable, to seek change, and to display trust is humbling as a therapist. As every client presents and responds differently, I employ a variety of therapeutic techniques in my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy is your unique and personal journey. I ask that we start with a phone call to learn a little about what you are looking for in this relationship. If we determine that we are a good fit, we will have an intake session to go deeper into the history of the why’s and the what’s. I find some homework helpful because it keeps therapy as an active practice, but this would be dependent on the client’s desire. I work with clients motivated for change and ranging in ages from teens to adults.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
We are all lifelong learners. Over the past 19 years, I have continued to professionally develop my skill set with courses, seminars, and collaborations. I have spent time focusing on addiction counseling, dialectical behavior therapy, narrative therapy, and solution-focused counseling.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Unconditional positive regard is at the center of my practice; listening, learning, and not judging are essential to creating a safe space. And of course, allowing the client to start where they are and giving them space to develop and use their voice to tell their own story are just as vital. We are all in this together, but we each bring our own unique selves to this journey.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth brings a new level of equity to counseling. It is an unintended blessing of the pandemic and I am thrilled that we can offer sessions in the privacy of each person’s home.
“And of course, allowing the client to start where they are and giving them space to develop and use their voice to tell their own story are just as vital.”