“What I have learned is that under all of the pain, shame, guilt, and sadness is the REAL you and working together we can see where all your beliefs come from and then start to find the way back to your true self.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I always knew I wanted to help people live the best lives they could. After I received my master’s degree in social work, I continued training in cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention for OCD, energy healing, emotional freedom technique (i.e., “tapping”), meditation, and journeying therapy. Through the years, I realized that there are so many different modalities and using the ones I connect with the most seems to create the longest lasting and most powerful results for my clients. I have worked in the school system for 15 years, from elementary to high school, in home counseling, and in private practice settings. What I have learned is that under all of the pain, shame, guilt, and sadness is the REAL you and working together we can see where all your beliefs come from and then start to find the way back to your true self.
What should someone know about working with you?
When I begin working with clients, I usually begin with a thorough diagnostic in order to get an initial understanding of what your struggles are. In our following sessions, we organically work together and follow the flow of where you are. I like to understand what your goals are and we will work together each week to reach them. When I work with clients, I come from a place of acceptance. In our sessions, you will feel a safe space inviting you to open up and share your struggles. I believe that we have all the answers inside us and ultimately are our best guides. I look at counseling and therapy as a way to connect you to yourself so you can begin to heal and trust your own inner wisdom.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I work a lot with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, and/or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The research-based treatment that works best for OCD is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure response prevention (ERP). I love treating clients with CBT and ERP for OCD because it works. Once clients begin to utilize ERP, the results are usually quick and powerful. Watching clients get relief from intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors is so rewarding. In addition, when working with clients struggling with anxiety and depression, I utilize all the other techniques that I have been trained in. When clients begin to remember who they truly are, the transformation is powerful!
“I look at counseling and therapy as a way to connect you to yourself so you can begin to heal and trust your own inner wisdom.”