“Clients who are motivated to do the work of counseling are the ones who experience the most success achieving their goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Before becoming a therapist, I worked for 20 years as a case manager and did assessments for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. I enjoy helping people improve their quality of life and I decided to become a therapist so that I could help people in a different way. The reason that I was drawn to working with adults who experienced childhood trauma and chronic pain is because I have lived experience with both of those things as well. With the help of counseling, I have been able to heal a lot of the effects of my childhood trauma and chronic pain. I want to help others find healing and improve their quality of life, which I believe is possible for everyone.
What should someone know about working with you?
During the first session, I will help you identify your goals. Then, we will work together to identify barriers and discover how to overcome those barriers. Counseling is a process and progress is different for everyone. Some of my clients experience a significant decrease in their symptoms within a few weeks. Many research studies have shown that the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in determining a successful outcome in therapy, so it is very important that you feel a connection with your therapist. Clients who are motivated to do the work of counseling are the ones who experience the most success achieving their goals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am committed to continuing education. My goal is to become trained in a variety of evidence-based treatments that have shown to be effective in treating childhood trauma and chronic pain.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was brought up to treat other people with respect and to value differences. I believe that all human beings have dignity. I try very hard to create a safe and nonjudgmental space where my clients can let their guard down and be themselves without fear.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about the potential for neurofeedback in treating the effects of childhood trauma and chronic pain. I believe that childhood trauma affects the developing brain of a child and that many physical and emotional symptoms that are caused by childhood trauma may be the result of these neurological changes. Neurofeedback can help us see what areas of the brain are over or underactive and help us to change that.
“I try very hard to create a safe and nonjudgmental space where my clients can let their guard down and be themselves without fear.”