“I have worked in a variety of settings and with a diverse clientele.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Throughout my career, I have worked in various helping professions, advocating for those who couldn't advocate for themselves and supporting people in achieving their goals and living their best lives. I grew up in a family where helping others was the norm and observing the impact that those interactions had on people in need contributed to my desire to become a therapist. I have worked in a variety of settings and with a diverse clientele. Each client brings their unique background, experience, and perspective to the room and I enjoy helping them grow in the ways that are meaningful to them.
What should someone know about working with you?
Whether you are new to therapy or have been in therapy a while, starting with a new provider may feel challenging. I like to speak with clients before the first session to find out a bit more about the person and share a bit about myself and my therapy style. This allows us to determine if we're a fit and if so, we can book an initial session. The first session is an information-gathering session where I'll ask some background questions, get some basic information, and find out what the client wants to work on and hopes to get out of therapy. We'll work together to develop treatment goals and learn strategies that can be used to achieve those goals.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The emergence and popularity of telehealth has been a very exciting step in allowing greater access to therapy to those in need. The feedback I've received about the convenience of being able to have sessions wherever the client is located has been very positive. I've seen more consistency in keeping appointments and a decline in last minute cancellations. There is also a benefit to seeing clients in their home environment, as it offers a more comprehensive perspective of who they are.
What does progress look like in therapy?
In the same way that each person is unique, each person’s progress in therapy is unique. I encourage clients to set goals that are realistic and achievable and to be forgiving of themselves when setbacks occur. I often tell clients to focus on the positive changes no matter how small they may seem. Empowering clients with tools to navigate challenges that arise between sessions can help move progress forward as well.
“Each client brings their unique background, experience, and perspective to the room and I enjoy helping them grow in the ways that are meaningful to them.”