“During my 19 years in the profession, clients have described me as warm, soft-spoken, a gentle spirit, down-to-earth, and fun.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From my early teens, I knew that I wanted to follow a career path that would allow me to help people improve their lives. Over the years, I worked in nonprofit development, at a medical school, at the Boston YWCA, and in higher education as a career counselor/student advisor. In my spare time, I volunteered for various organizations, including a children’s hospital in the cardiac intensive care unit and as an English as a second language tutor. During my mid-thirties, I decided to pursue my true calling of being a therapist. So, I began working on my master’s degree in counseling psychology.
During my 19 years in the profession, clients have described me as warm, soft-spoken, a gentle spirit, down-to-earth, and fun. My own challenges have given me insight and increased my capacity to walk alongside others as they navigate the challenges they face. I genuinely love the work that I do and am grateful to accompany others on their healing journeys.
What should someone know about working with you?
When I first meet you, my most important goal will be to create a safe, warm, and welcoming space within which the work of therapy can begin. I view therapy as a partnership; I will bring knowledge about counseling and human behavior to the work we do, but you are the expert on your life and will ultimately decide where your therapeutic journey goes. During our first few sessions, we will get to know each other. We will begin to talk about your goals and what you would like to gain from therapy during this time. Since each person is unique, I will draw from various approaches to best meet your needs.
I feel coping skills are essential for all of us and will provide you with various skills or tools to take with you and use throughout your life. I often incorporate mindfulness activities into my sessions. Depending on your needs, I may ask you to complete activities outside of sessions.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love learning and consider myself a lifelong learner. I continue to take several continuing education courses each year. Most recently, I completed grief training as well as training in EMDR, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I plan on taking additional EMDR trainings that focus on health-related problems, pain, and mourning.
“My own challenges have given me insight and increased my capacity to walk alongside others as they navigate the challenges they face.”