“I work in collaboration with my clients to set goals and explore what steps are needed to achieve those goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Mental health counseling is my first career. I was unsure of what direction I wanted to go upon entering my first year of undergraduate studies. Shortly after entering college at SUNY Albany, I began volunteering at a crisis hotline. From that point on, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in mental health and counseling. I've had a wide variety of experience in the field of mental health. I have interned in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, worked with families in the child welfare system, and worked at practices doing individual counseling for a variety of presenting concerns.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have an eclectic background and meet clients where they are. I believe that homework assignments only work if a client is ready to take those steps outside of treatment. At times, there are barriers presenting us from fully participating in tools and techniques. I work in collaboration with my clients to set goals and explore what steps are needed to achieve those goals. In doing so, barriers that get in the way are unpacked and discovered.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It has been exciting to be a part of a field that is finally starting to get the recognition it needs. Mental health has historically been such a taboo subject, but now many more individuals are understanding the benefits of therapy. Access to telehealth has made therapy much easier and accessible for all.
“In doing so, barriers that get in the way are unpacked and discovered.”