“I am very playful and like to bring fun into sessions in a way that feels productive.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always felt a drive and passion for helping kids and young adults feel empowered. After getting my BSW from the University of New Hampshire and my MSW from Boston College, I worked in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and schools. In these settings, I met amazing children, adolescents, and families who were looking to find ways to support their wellbeing and grow. My goal is to provide access to therapy that allows young people a space to be heard while helping them gain skills and reach their goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
In my work with kids, adolescents, and families, I love to celebrate big wins, small successes, and everything in between. The first celebration is the fact that you are looking to find someone who can help; that is amazing! When starting therapy, I love to take time to get to know the person I am working with on a deep level to make sure our time together feels helpful. Setting goals and getting to know someone can take time and I am here to listen. I am very playful and like to bring fun into sessions in a way that feels productive. I take an approach that allows the young person to guide conversations while I provide supportive direction toward their goals. While I often assign homework, I make it as engaging and as useful as possible to help it feel empowering and not like something on a to-do list.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I know that coming to therapy is hard, I know that taking a step toward emotional wellbeing can feel daunting, and I know that seeking help for your child can be overwhelming. Because of this, I make sure that I meet every person where they are in their journey. While I am trained in modalities that will help, I believe that you are the expert on yourself and your family. I will learn from you in order to best support your growth. While therapy can be hard, I hope to make it empowering and fun along the way.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
As a social worker, access to effective and affordable mental health care is something I care deeply about. I am extremely excited about digital technologies and telehealth, which can broaden access to services. I love learning about and developing new tools for the digital age that can make therapy more effective and more available. I believe that these technologies will help reduce stigma around mental health and provide access to anyone who thinks they may need a bit of support.
What makes you most excited to work with children and adolescents?
I believe that adults, by no fault of our own, often struggle to listen to kids and ultimately discount the concerns of young people. Kids and adolescents are extremely emotional, intelligent, and insightful. They feel things very strongly, perhaps because this may be their first time being in a particular situation. Without support and guidance, these events can feel overwhelming. I love providing a space for young people to be heard and to organize their thoughts. While it can be natural to run away from strong feelings, I aim to help kids and adolescents learn about their emotions and feel empowered about who they are.
“While it can be natural to run away from strong feelings, I aim to help kids and adolescents learn about their emotions and feel empowered about who they are.”