“I have been told that I have a warm and welcoming personality with an ability to "hear" and "sit with" my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Social work is my second career; my first was in film and media arts. In my therapy approach, I blend two of my passions: My love for people and the creative arts. I walk with my clients through work and life stressors, anxiety, difficult life transitions, unresolved trauma/loss, depression, and building healthy esteem. I have been told that I have a warm and welcoming personality with an ability to "hear" and "sit with" my clients. I believe my path to clinical social work and therapy is a calling and I come in with the perspective that each person has value, worth, and the ability to reach their goals. I've worked in community mental health, nonprofit and for-profit outpatient services, nursing homes, school-based settings, in-home services with children and families, and inpatient services. I have been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, creative arts therapy, narrative therapy, internal family systems, and trauma-based interventions.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process supports you in sharing your story and allows me to clearly understand the journey you are on now and where you'd like to go. Progress can be measured by giving yourself permission to accept support, a willingness to sit with uncomfortable thoughts/emotions, and finding compassion with yourself while being able to identify the barriers that might be a hindrance toward your goals. I often like to assign "therapy challenges or applications" that can encourage your change process outside of the "therapy hour" and enable it to become a part of your daily experience. I enjoy working with professional women and men, youth, and young adults who are managing life transitions (e.g., entering high school or college or working within a career/vocation), dealing with unresolved trauma and loss, experiencing racial trauma, needing stress management, or diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I engage in coursework, evidence-based training, webinars, workshops, reading literature/news, and even social media that may reflect or speak to the needs/concerns of my client population. I also practice self-reflection, self-care, and self-compassion, which I believe are some of the key components that affect and sustain the wellness of our mental health.
“I believe my path to clinical social work and therapy is a calling and I come in with the perspective that each person has value, worth, and the ability to reach their goals.”