“Beyond my clinical expertise, I bring warmth, compassion, and a sense of humor to our sessions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist was paved with diverse and meaningful work experiences, all in helping professions. Straight out of college, I taught elementary and high school. With a growing interest in healthcare, I went for a master’s degree in nutrition. For over 10 years, I worked as a hospital nutritionist. Even as a nutritionist, I often found myself helping families advocate for their loved ones and ease their worries. For a short while, I worked on a pediatric oncology unit. I was amazed by the resilience in some parents under such dire circumstances and I became curious about how they were able to hold it together while other families fell apart. My heart ached for these families, and I wished I could help. That was my springboard to action: I went back to school for a master’s degree in social work and then pursued postgraduate training in individual and family counseling. I have been in practice for almost 20 years.
What should someone know about working with you?
My clinical approach is eclectic, integrating cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and solution-focused therapy that is individualized to your needs. As we work collaboratively, I will provide you with the tools and support to advance toward your goals. Beyond my clinical expertise, I bring warmth, compassion, and a sense of humor to our sessions. I practice with integrity and therefore choose to retain only clients where there is a mutual feeling that we can work effectively together to meet your goals. When indicated, I make outside referrals. My practice is made up of clients dealing with emotional issues or facing situational stressors. Situational stressors are life occurrences or circumstances that may be temporary but create upset in one’s personal or professional life. In addition to being a psychotherapist, I am a credentialed nutritionist, which means I am uniquely qualified to work with individuals struggling with weight and/or emotional eating.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited by the growth in the area of teletherapy, as it allows clients great flexibility. I see new moms who don’t have the opportunity to get away for an in-office session but now can engage in therapy in the comfort of their home (with a baby on their lap). I have many working clients who don’t have time to travel to a therapist’s office but conveniently schedule a session during lunch or another work break. There are so many more examples of how people benefit from teletherapy. Of course, one-size-does-not-fit-all; there is still a place for in-person therapy, but it is great to have different clinically-sound modalities from which to choose.
“In addition to being a psychotherapist, I am a credentialed nutritionist, which means I am uniquely qualified to work with individuals struggling with weight and/or emotional eating.”