“Learning that you don’t have to be your own worst critic or that something you’ve believed about yourself or others may not be as true as it seems can give a new perspective and the energy required to change the path you’re on.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor?
I embarked on a career as a therapist after 14 years as an elementary school teacher. My experience teaching third and fourth grade included conflict resolution, character development, and social-emotional learning. During this time of working with both students and parents, I found a deeper calling and decided to pursue licensure so I could help adults in a therapeutic setting.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that each client-therapist relationship is not only different but must also be absolutely unique in order to meet the needs of the client. My role is to guide you toward exploring and learning solutions to your concerns. At times, that may require homework in the form of practices or assignments that can be done between sessions; other times, you may be asked to consider certain things to help you better understand yourself and how to maximize your happiness and well-being. My goal is to help and support you in finding success and happiness.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values center strongly around being honest with yourself and others. I feel like many of us are taught from a young age to tell the truth, but we’re never truly taught how to be honest with ourselves. A big part of my approach is developing that crucial skill with people who have never learned it before, and I think it is a key to success. Learning that you don’t have to be your own worst critic or that something you’ve believed about yourself or others may not be as true as it seems can give a new perspective and the energy required to change the path you’re on. I think change starts with honesty and increased self-awareness.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The number one most exciting development that I have been keeping an eye on in mental health at large is the shedding of the negative stigma attached to seeking care. I am continually refreshed when I meet new clients who tell me that, just a few years before, they would have felt uneasy finding a therapist. This change in outlook means that there are people now getting care for the first time who otherwise never would have. That represents an amazing potential to help others, and I am proud to carry that responsibility. I do my best every day to fulfill the charge of providing care and support to anyone who comes to my practice.
“I think change starts with honesty and increased self-awareness.”