“My path to becoming a therapist began with my curiosity about human behavior and the ongoing conflicts we have that encompass our behavior and our relationship patterns.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have worked in outpatient hospital settings to start my career, doing group work for clients suffering from various mental health disorders, such as anxiety, bereavement, depression, and trauma. I then transitioned into private practice. What made me want to pursue becoming a therapist was overall curiosity about human behavior and the ongoing conflicts that we have that encompass our behavior and relationship patterns.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have experience in treating patients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and grief, as well as specializing in trauma work and how that may influence unhealthy relationship patterns. I also study at the Karen Horney Clinic where the focus of my studies is on feminine psychology in terms of working with female clients who struggle with anxiety and unhealthy relationships. I meet patients where they are in the treatment process and foster an environment of unconditional positive regard.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently attending doctorate level courses at the Karen Horney Clinic studying concepts such as feminine psychology and internal conflicts that contribute to anxiety and depression, helping me build competencies as a clinician.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My patience is an essential value of mine that is reflected in my treatment, such as the notion that it is progress not perfection, in terms of treatment. I also place an emphasis in building healthy rapport between the therapist and client in the working relationship.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The stigma of therapy is slowly eroding. Therapy is becoming seen as a vehicle for human growth and development rather than a weakness.
“I meet my clients where they are and foster an environment of genuine acceptance and unconditional positive regard.”