“I believe my role as a therapist is to help my clients view the beauty in their originality and hold themselves with compassion, curiosity, and confidence.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My first passion was art, particularly portraiture; I've always been fascinated by people and their multidimensionality. I believe my role as a therapist is to help my clients view the beauty in their originality and hold themselves with compassion, curiosity, and confidence. I have 13 years of experience in the helping field, having worked as an investigator of elder abuse, with youth reentering their communities from juvenile treatment facilities, and in family crisis intervention and outreach. What drew me to my area of focus was a combination of my job-related experiences and my own healing journey. I believe that having a safe space to explore thoughts and emotions while learning to gently challenge and reframe thinking can shift old patterns and build new and healthier connections. Empowerment and compassion are at the core of my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I use a person-centered and strengths-based approach, focusing on empowering my clients to tap into their natural strengths and resilience while developing a more positive outlook. My treatment is tailored to each client's individual needs and is goal-directed. My intake process consists of gathering the needed information that will help me understand what brings my client to therapy at this point in time, what situations, unmet needs, and symptoms are causing difficulty, and how I can best support the healing journey ahead. I love working with adults and older teens who are willing to engage in the therapeutic process and are ready to take the first step toward growth and a new outlook. I will sometimes assign home-practice, encouraging my clients to put the coping skills and methods learned in our sessions into action. Progress is often subtle but potent. I encourage my clients to be patient and present, as this is the best path toward experiencing relief.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I’ve known since I was little that I wanted my career to focus on helping people. I was the creative, easy-going friend others confided in due to my ability to stay open-minded. My life and the place I grew up in were far from perfect, but I was a content and humorous kid and wanted to spread those feelings. I've always wanted people to feel seen and heard, to know that what they were going through was valid, and to realize they had the power to change their story. I come from a very diverse family and have learned so much in my travels, but I believe my cultural competency truly comes from my capacity to allow my clients to teach me about their worldviews, values, how and what they identify with, and how their values are similar or entirely different from those of their family. I am a strong believer in not making cultural assumptions, as I know from experience how this can lead to feelings of invisibility.
“I use a person-centered and strengths-based approach, focusing on empowering my clients to tap into their natural strengths and resilience while developing a more positive outlook.”