“I want us both to understand who you are and what keeps you from being the healthiest version of yourself.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
I have worked in the field of human services since graduating from high school. When I enrolled in grad school for social work, I developed a passion for community work. I coordinated a program for LGBTQ youth, worked briefly in community disaster relief, and worked in a trauma center at an emergency department. These were amazing experiences, but I also knew that I had a knack for listening to and understanding individuals on a very deep level. When I made the change from community work to clinical work, I felt that I had really found my purpose in life. Since then, I have had the opportunity to study EMDR, a powerful tool to help people move through the painful experiences in their lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
My ideal client is insightful, curious, motivated, and finds it as important as I do to jump in and figure out what's going on. I want us both to understand who you are and what keeps you from being the healthiest version of yourself. I also want to know about who and what is important to you, the positive or powerful experiences that have shaped you, and the reservoirs of strength that help you through hard times. I typically use a blend of CBT and DBT to alleviate symptoms, while EMDR and trauma-focused work help us to understand and heal the difficult experiences that are still causing pain.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love to learn, and I am always committed to becoming a better therapist. I have completed a certification in EMDR, which involved advanced training and regular consultation with a mentor. I have a strong network of colleagues who provide me with resources or help to figure something out if I need it. My curious nature and dedication to helping my clients to the best of my ability means that I enjoy reading and attending conferences to better understand problems or unusual situations that arise in therapy.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was raised and still live in the mountains of rural Upstate New York. However, I have often felt more connected to larger areas or college campuses where there are people with more varied backgrounds and experiences. My online practice allows me to enjoy the quiet rural life I love while working with diverse and beautiful people from all over the state. Throughout my life, I’ve been guided by my values of honesty, curiosity, humor, justice, compassion, and perseverance. Like you, I am a work in progress, and I draw on the lessons and insights from my own journey in my work with others.
“I also want to know about who and what is important to you, the positive or powerful experiences that have shaped you, and the reservoirs of strength that help you through hard times.”