“My goal is to offer you a counseling experience that will remove blocks and barriers from your life and help you establish meaningful connections, starting with your connection to what is important in your life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Like many, my early life’s path was a winding one. I worked in sales for 10 years, starting at age 17. After that, I began my journey into the helping profession of counseling and psychotherapy. I’ve worked in residential substance abuse and mental health settings. I’ve also worked for two major universities, managing clinical research studies. All of these experiences have made me a better listener, taught me to infuse my work with compassion, and simply made me a better person. Looking back, I realize that I was always called to help others and love that I get to do that today.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is to offer you a counseling experience that will remove blocks and barriers from your life and help you establish meaningful connections, starting with your connection to what is important in your life. After an initial evaluation session, we’ll work together on a plan to address your concerns. I believe in an empowerment model where I help you in a caring, compassionate way to regain control of your life.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My blue-collar, middle class upbring taught me the value of connection with family, friends, and community. I’ve known hard times and the value of perseverance. Honesty and directness are hardwired into who I am. In our work together, this means that we can tackle problems head-on, at a pace that you are comfortable with, and in an honest and compassionate way.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Having trained at and graduated from a school specializing in an integrative approach (mind and body), I am very excited about the mind/body connection. You are not simply a brain sitting on top of a physical body but rather a complete, integrated being. This jives with my approach to seeing all of the puzzle pieces (e.g., your mental, physical, social, and even spiritual aspects). I’ve found this holistic approach to be the most effective and fastest way to help you.
What’s the single greatest thing you’ve learned about therapy?
It comes down to this: Not everyone thinks alike. It’s important to have that perspective, because the variations in thinking mean every therapy experience is different and requires flexibility, understanding, and a desire to learn and grow. I find that incredibly exciting!
“I believe in an empowerment model where I help you in a caring, compassionate way to regain control of your life.”