“Prior to social work, I worked in the fashion industry, which taught me that creativity and motivation are the keys to practical success but balance and self-care also matter.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been passionate about helping people overcome challenging life situations. I believe my professional and personal experiences have shaped who I have become as a therapist. Prior to social work, I worked in the fashion industry, which taught me that creativity and motivation are the keys to practical success but balance and self-care also matter. I tailor treatment to the individual, combining the sciences with a creative lens. As a clinician, I have worked in a variety of settings, including as a school social worker, in a specialized trauma treatment clinic, and as a psychotherapist in an outpatient mental health clinic. Through my own experiences as a therapist, designer, and parent, I have discovered how powerful and productive therapy can be.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe in a collaborative process, which involves an open and honest discussion about what has brought a client to treatment. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment, forming a trusting relationship with each client; these elements are the key to facilitating change. I also help clients identify their own strengths and find ways to use these attributes to reach their goals. I offer tangible coping skills and tools to use when dealing with difficult circumstances. Those who are seeking support during these uncertain times can work with me to deal with familial challenges, career obstacles, difficulties with interpersonal relationships, and emotional turmoil.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always curious and a perpetual learner. I am currently interested in treatments that can benefit clients who struggle with anxiety, such as DBT and ACT. In addition, I continue to take courses in the area of trauma treatment as the research in this area is continually growing and advancing. I participate in workshops, read books and articles, and listen to podcasts to stay abreast of emerging evidence-based treatments. Through this learning, I am able to offer clients resources tailored to their circumstances.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I have come to see telehealth as an opportunity. It has proven to be an effective way to destigmatize mental health and increase access to care. I am excited that clients can have sessions more consistently and participate in a way that is comfortable for them.
“I tailor treatment to the individual, combining the sciences with a creative lens.”