“I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment where my patients feel comfortable and safe to share.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always enjoyed helping others, which led me to major in social work in college and choose it as my career. While I initially planned on working in community building or public policy, my first job as a medical social worker inspired me to specialize in crisis mental health and psychotherapy. It also inspired me in becoming an advocate for access to care. Since then, I have worked in various settings, providing mental health services across a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral areas.
What should someone know about working with you?
I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment where my patients feel comfortable and safe to share. That’s why I prefer the first session to be informal and relaxed, in an atmosphere where we can get to know each other and see if we’re a good match. Sessions are usually semi-structured with the flexibility to change topics as needed. I take a strengths-based approach to empower my clients and use cognitive behavioral techniques to equip them with the tools they need to initiate change.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I regularly collaborate with providers to ensure my clients have holistic care. Each provider contributes to the overall mental health of an individual. Attending to the mind, body, and spirit is crucial in helping clients achieve their goals. I often make recommendations to other providers based on the individual’s overall needs and desires. In the past, I’ve collaborated with dieticians, medical providers, psychiatrists, and yoga instructors.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Before committing to a therapist, it’s important to shop around and try to find someone who you feel comfortable with. Once you find a therapist, spend a few sessions making sure it’s a good fit; the relationship between therapist and client is instrumental to the healing process. There are many reasons to give therapy a try. It’s a great way to manage daily life stressors, provide emotional release, and help identify patterns that are inhibiting your goals and growth.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the expansion of telehealth, which is used now more than ever. I have always been an advocate for equal access to mental health services, and this expansion gives more people that access. Clients can connect with their therapist through a video call on a phone, computer, or tablet. Telehealth also allows for flexibility and discretion, which makes receiving emotional support feel more manageable to larger groups of people.
“I take a strengths-based approach to empower my clients and use cognitive behavioral techniques to equip them with the tools they need to initiate change.”