“I am, by nature, a warm, caring, and soft-spoken person.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I knew that I wanted to work with people. My parents were teachers and from a very young age, I was excited to help my peers whenever an opportunity presented itself. I was a middle school teacher for over 25 years. I loved teaching and improving the lives of my students by connecting with them inside and outside of the classroom setting. Therefore, becoming a therapist was a natural transition that offers me the opportunity to continue to help and support others.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am, by nature, a warm, caring, and soft-spoken person. I have learned from life experience many skills, including being empathic, caring, and nonjudgmental. I feel privileged that I have been able to help many clients over the years, whether it was with challenges that they faced in their marriage, parenting, or school/work relationships. My passion is working with parents to be able to connect better with their kids. I tailor my work to meet individual needs and strengths. I help my clients identify their goals while reflecting on their own personal strengths. My job, as I see it, is to help others help themselves. I often suggest homework (I was a teacher for many years, after all :-)), which helps build new coping skills. Through a relationship built on trust and safety, we work together to find ways to better understand and manage the challenges that life presents.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The increased access and acceptance of teletherapy has improved the lives of many people. Those who may have been reluctant or unable to participate in therapy in the past are now accessing virtual treatment. Teletherapy provides the comforts of home while exploring uncomfortable feelings. Clients, in a home setting, often find it easier to be transparent, lending to a speedier recovery.
“I have learned from life experience many skills, including being empathic, caring, and nonjudgmental.”