“As a therapist, my default is a strengths-based approach to assessment, valuing how each client already functions and understands their situation.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My first career was in academia and publishing; I found satisfaction as a creative writing professor and editor, helping writers deepen and shape their projects. However, I was also drawn to medicine and mental health and I returned to school in 2004 to pursue a master’s in social work. I have since worked in numerous healthcare settings, including maternity and neonatal intensive care, oncology, neurology, nephrology, as well as in college and community mental health.
What should someone know about working with you?
Overall, my style is compassionate and conversational. I am available for short-term or longer-term treatment. I’ve completed advanced postgraduate training in clinical hypnosis. In my practice, I've successfully integrated this modality with traditional talk therapy to help clients alleviate chronic pain, depression, and anxiety; tolerate medical treatment and recover from surgery; (re)discover and pursue passions; and improve overall self-esteem, sleep, creativity and productivity.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have been focusing on interdisciplinary trauma and memory studies in my continuing education.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Choosing social work as my clinical foundation was a reflection of my core values. I have been able to use my position inside of institutions to advocate for clients who are misunderstood, overlooked, or even maligned. As a therapist, my default is a strengths-based approach to assessment, valuing how each client already functions and understands their situation. I come to this work with a natural respect for each client’s innate intelligence and lived experience.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Like many in my field, I am excited about expanding telemedicine. We now have the ability to reach more people geographically, make therapy more affordable, and make scheduling more flexible. I expect new treatment models will emerge as a result, perhaps experimenting with varying session lengths and session frequency.
“I come to this work with a natural respect for each client’s innate intelligence and lived experience.”