“I am passionate about reaching those who feel alone and scared and want to start to normalize therapy in our society.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I made the decision to become a therapist after serving in the air force and seeing that there is an unmet need for quality mental health care. So many people struggle with feelings of isolation, worthlessness, and debilitating anxiety and don't know where to turn. I am passionate about reaching those who feel alone and scared and want to start to normalize therapy in our society. I started my career as a therapist working at a nonprofit, providing affordable substance abuse treatment to court-ordered offenders. From there, I transitioned into working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and spent almost a decade in this field. I have worked in a variety of settings and discovered that I can provide a much higher quality of care in private practice where I can limit the number of people I see, allowing me to provide the best care to my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
My practice is 100% telehealth, which provides the amazing opportunity for clients to receive therapy from the comfort of their own home. Our first session consists of an intake process where I will review your history and you will have the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have. We will work together to develop your goals for therapy and will check in on your progress during our time together. I believe that therapy has to be tailored to each individual; some clients thrive with a structured process (including homework and assignments), while others prefer an unstructured approach where we check in with where you are right now and work through anything that has come up since your last session. We will work together to figure out what approach works for you and will develop your treatment plan accordingly. I love working with clients who are motivated for change but are struggling to figure out how to make change happen.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am consistently looking for new educational opportunities and new developments in the field of mental health. I know that the field is constantly changing and evolving and want to make sure I stay up-to-date on the progress being made. I have completed several trainings and earned several certifications in trauma therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more throughout my career and love attending training and conferences whenever I can. Collaboration with other providers is crucial to being the best provider I can be and gives me the opportunity to see things from a variety of viewpoints, ultimately helping me provide the best care to my clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love seeing how mental health care has started to evolve. Telehealth did not start with COVID-19 but it did become more mainstream and I have personally seen the difference this has made for my clients. Having the chance to attend your therapy sessions from home where you are comfortable has helped in the therapeutic process. When someone is struggling with anxiety or depression, sometimes the idea of leaving home and going to a new place to start therapy is too overwhelming and these fears can prevent them from ever beginning therapy. Telehealth removes some of those barriers and can provide an opportunity for people to begin getting help where they feel safe.
“I believe that therapy has to be tailored to each individual; some clients thrive with a structured process (including homework and assignments), while others prefer an unstructured approach where we check in with where you are right now and work through anything that has come up since your last session.”