“I approach each session with the knowledge that each person makes sense of the world in their own unique way; probably the most important lesson I’ve learned is that every person is unique and has a story to tell.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been curious about how other people make sense of the world while being very insightful of how I make sense of the world. While my career path took me into business during the first half of my life, often life takes unexpected turns and I soon found myself in a position to satisfy my curiosity. I went back to college and pursued an education in rehabilitation counseling and worked in the substance abuse and mental health fields when that unexpected turn took place.
What should someone know about working with you?
I approach each session with the knowledge that each person makes sense of the world in their own unique way; probably the most important lesson I’ve learned is that every person is unique and has a story to tell. I pride myself on being a multicultural therapist and providing a safe, nonjudgmental space to tell your story and process the past in a healthy way. I believe that individuals are the foremost experts on themselves and thus, I view my role as a guide. I tailor my therapy using a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Sessions provide an opportunity to develop goals while the time between sessions provides time to incorporate these goals into your life. The therapeutic relationship is built on sharing past experiences in a safe environment and if the fit is right and we work together, you will be able to move forward for a more fulfilling and positive life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m most excited about the use of teletherapy as part of the new mental health landscape as it relates to access to services. Too often breaks in service are caused by forces outside ourselves. Teletherapy provides access to services on a consistent basis to ensure continuity. I believe that teletherapy will now attract many who may have been too nervous, intimidated, or busy to commit to traditional sessions.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I find it important to include other professionals in treatment when appropriate. In the past, I’ve collaborated with psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, medical professionals, addiction facilities, attorneys, and previous therapists. Providing services to people with justice involvement gave me the opportunity to collaborate with many other disciplines, including attorneys and the courts. If medications are needed, I am able to make referrals and work with the prescriber.
“I pride myself on being a multicultural therapist and providing a safe, nonjudgmental space to tell your story and process the past in a healthy way.”