“Gestalt therapy is a holistic form of psychotherapy that focuses on the connection of mind, body, and emotions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I earned a Master of Social Work in 1995 and continue to participate in a variety of educational and therapeutic learning courses annually. I have received specialized training and am a certified gestalt therapist. Gestalt therapy is a holistic form of psychotherapy that focuses on the connection of mind, body, and emotions. It utilizes experiential practices to examine potentially dysfunctional behavior patterns that can interfere with the client's sense of satisfaction and wellbeing.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide individual and couples therapy. The intake session includes a review of standard demographic information and personal and family history, a discussion of the client's current concerns and goals for therapy, and an opportunity for the client to ask questions about my process and me.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Although I have been a therapist for many years, the healthcare field is ever-changing with new research developments, technology, and regulations. I frequently participate in continuing education courses to stay updated on the most current research, regulatory requirements, and therapeutic practices. In addition, I am a member of a monthly peer therapy education group. This group is composed of therapists and we discuss research articles and other readings and engage in live therapeutic demonstrations and discussions. I utilize both the continuing education courses and the peer education group to enhance my professional development and therapeutic knowledge.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth provides greater flexibility and accessibility; it enables clients to access providers near and far. My therapy practices are person-centered and experiential. I have been quite surprised and pleased at how productive and effective the telehealth platform has been. I continue to be excited about the changing landscape of how therapy services will be delivered in the future.
“It utilizes experiential practices to examine potentially dysfunctional behavior patterns that can interfere with the client's sense of satisfaction and wellbeing.”