“I believe that the therapeutic relationship between my client and myself is the most important part of our work together.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my career as a school counselor, working with children and families. Over time, I felt that my skills were better suited to mental health service where I could engage with clients on a deeper level and spend more time with them to help improve their relationships and personal growth. As my skills grew, I recognized that the clients with whom I connected the most were the ones struggling to get past events in their lives. Whether it was a past relationship, a difficult childhood, or a traumatic life experience, these were the clients I felt I was helping the most. I have since deepened my knowledge and skills in supporting clients with trauma and am passionate about helping these clients overcome the difficulties holding them back from the lives they truly desire.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that the therapeutic relationship between my client and myself is the most important part of our work together. I hold a supportive, compassionate space for my clients but I will also challenge them to let go of negative beliefs or thought patterns that are inhibiting their self-growth. I use an integrative approach and implement therapeutic techniques that I feel will work best for that individual client.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love learning about new ideas and deepening my knowledge on topics I am familiar with. My EMDR training has had an enormous impact on my practice and has sparked a deeper interest in learning about different modalities and treatments. I am a voracious reader and spend a great deal of time acquiring new knowledge to help me support my clients. I regularly attend training and engage in consultation with other practitioners to expand and enhance my skills.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I feel deeply that we each have our own individual story to tell. While many of my clients have experienced similar emotions, no two clients are exactly the same. So, each of my clients receives their own therapeutic plan tailored to their needs. I believe that we are all doing the very best we are able to at each moment and with effort and acceptance, we become the best version of ourselves.
“I hold a supportive, compassionate space for my clients but I will also challenge them to let go of negative beliefs or thought patterns that are inhibiting their self-growth.”