“Counseling is a partnership, which means that progress is measured by the client's perception of change and willingness to incorporate habit change into their daily regime.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Counseling brings the various aspects of my career path and interests together into one lovely tapestry. My career path reflects my interest in and connection to the human and natural environments. I've been an outdoor educator and backcountry ranger, a commercial beekeeper, and a truck driver; I've managed my own business for years. My interest in counseling focuses not only on individual wellness but on collective health and wellbeing, taking note of social and/or cultural forces that impact our lives and our wellness. Access to justice and to quality mental health care are two guiding principles for me in my practice. I am a licensed substance/addiction counselor, a licensed mental health counselor, and a yoga teacher (RYT-200). I hold certification as a certified clinical trauma professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I'm also an attorney focused on the intersection between the legal system, mental health/wellness, and access to opportunity.
What should someone know about working with you?
I use a HIPAA-compliant electronic platform in my practice and all intake forms and questionnaires are provided to the client online before our first session. This way, we can hit the ground running and get into identifying issues and barriers to action as quickly as the client wishes. Counseling is a partnership, which means that progress is measured by the client's perception of change and willingness to incorporate habit change into their daily regime. I practice what I preach in terms of wellness and hope that clients will also create their own wellness practices and cognitive habits that promote wellness as they define it.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am truly a lifelong learner and I am often taking online and in-person courses, particularly in trauma-informed care and practices as well as wellness/mindfulness-based practices.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Culture and diversity have been key components of my life and my practice. As a child of an immigrant, I learned early on how rich cultural experiences inform our lives and our worldview. I grew up with a keen interest in learning about other people, practices, and belief systems. I strongly believe that access to quality medical, mental health, and legal services is a fundamental right.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm very excited by the ongoing research and understanding of the intersection between mental health, physical health, and wellness practices (specifically mindfulness, mindful awareness, and yoga). The research in neuroscience that looks at these types of interactions is fascinating! In terms of access to quality mental health care, I believe that telehealth offers a whole new look at how we as counselors can deliver mental health services.
“I practice what I preach in terms of wellness and hope that clients will also create their own wellness practices and cognitive habits that promote wellness as they define it.”