“I enjoy working with clients who have a willingness to participate and decide to show up and put the work in.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist started with adoption and is currently founded on recovery. In 2012, I was laying in jail and knew I needed to begin doing things differently. So, I chose to complete my bachelor’s degree and enter the workforce in the nonprofit sector, focusing on work that reduced the stigma around mental health and substance abuse treatment. It didn’t take me long to realize I had a bigger calling than the work I was doing. That calling led me back to school and in 2016, I graduated with a master’s in family therapy and have spent several years working in residential treatment for individuals with substance abuse and mental illness. My work has given me the theoretical perspective that change is up to us as individuals. It has given me the wisdom to know the difference between what I can and cannot change.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy working with clients who have a willingness to participate and decide to show up and put the work in.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I stay in close contact with the Women’s Consortium here in Connecticut. They offer a wide variety of training and I benefit every time I engage with their professionals. Recently, I’ve enjoyed learning about disordered eating. I also engage in peer supervision monthly and hope to become an AAMFT-approved supervisor in the near future.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values show up everywhere I go, because they are who I am. I value honesty, trust, communication, commitment, respect, and responsibility to name a few.
“I value honesty, trust, communication, commitment, respect, and responsibility to name a few.”