“My values include respecting each person's dignity and right to self-determination while acknowledging and drawing upon their strengths and resilience to overcome difficulties.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have wanted to become a therapist since my high school years and I have had a long-standing passion for understanding and helping individuals and families through their struggles. My previous work has included assisting families with child safety concerns as well as conducting community-based services for those with Medicaid insurance. I enjoy working with children as young as three-years-old and strive to support and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.
What should someone know about working with you?
I start by having you sign some intake paperwork, providing consent to treat. We identify your goals together once we have spent some time establishing our professional relationship. I will often assign homework in the form of coping strategies for you to practice during the week and report back.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Ongoing learning is a passion of mine and I seek out and participate in training, webinars, and learning opportunities as they arise. I enjoy reading books on various topics related to my work and can often recommend relevant reading to clients. I attend weekly supervision and collaborate with other professionals in the field to maintain a balanced, unbiased, and well-informed perspective on treatment. My interests for ongoing learning include play therapy, art therapy, trauma research, and LGBTQIA+ topics.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My values include respecting each person's dignity and right to self-determination while acknowledging and drawing upon their strengths and resilience to overcome difficulties. I come from a family of helpers and value getting to know each person's unique experience. I am well-versed in and continue to learn about the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community. I aim to exhibit cultural competency as well as cultural humility to learn from my clients, as they are the experts on their own lived experiences. I strive to uphold the code of ethics and maintain professionalism in all aspects of my work.
“I aim to exhibit cultural competency as well as cultural humility to learn from my clients, as they are the experts on their own lived experiences.”