“My goal is to provide a safe space where you can process your emotions in a way that allows you to heal and grow.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey to becoming a therapist started at a young age when I saw the impact a trusted and supportive therapist had on others; I felt drawn to the field of mental health because of this. I have worked with both children and adults in a variety of settings, from the emergency room to community centers and outpatient clinics. I believe my experiences, both clinical and personal, allow me to empathize and understand the individuals I work with in a unique way.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is to provide a safe space where you can process your emotions in a way that allows you to heal and grow. I believe therapy is a place to learn more about yourself and move forward. During the intake process, I will work to understand your history, what you are currently experiencing, and what your goals are for therapy. I use an individualized approach and incorporate different techniques and modalities to address each person’s experience.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always seeking out continuing education, as I believe it is a vital part of my role as a therapist. I invest my time in training, conferences, and reading and I collaborate with other mental health professionals. I make an effort to further my knowledge so that I can provide my clients with the most informed care possible.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the growing use of telehealth, as it expands access to care for those who would not be able to make it to an in-person session. It also allows us to reach individuals in areas where there is less access to specialized care. During the pandemic, I found many of my clients were able to engage more regularly in care via telehealth than they were when I was in my office. I am happy to be able to continue to provide care that is more easily accessible. In addition, as a member of the community, I understand the importance of LGBTQIA+ affirming and knowledgeable therapists and know that they can be difficult to find. Telehealth removes the barrier of location between therapist and client, allowing individuals to have a wider range of professionals to choose from.
“I use an individualized approach and incorporate different techniques and modalities to address each person’s experience.”