“I am able to make people feel comfortable and supported, which allows them to open up and discuss difficult topics.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had a strong passion for helping others. During my career, I have worked with families with children with developmental disabilities, families at risk of having their children placed in foster care, and families with children in foster care. During the last ten years, I have been working in a mental health clinic. In every position I hold, my main goal is to provide support to my clients as well as assist clients with developing coping skills and utilizing resources to improve their overall wellbeing and mental health. My various experiences in the field have helped me develop my clinical skills and gain extensive knowledge in different areas. I am able to make people feel comfortable and supported, which allows them to open up and discuss difficult topics. I am able to engage even the most resistant clients in treatment after a few sessions by being genuine, empathetic, and supportive.
What should someone know about working with you?
Every client is unique and this is why I use an eclectic approach to meet the client’s individual needs, depending on the situation, symptoms, goals, expectations, and level of motivation. Some of my approaches include solution-focused therapy, CBT, and mindfulness. I may assign homework if it is necessary. Homework can take many different forms, such as keeping a journal or completing a certain task.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a current member of the American Counseling Association. Most recently, I have obtained certification as a Grief Counseling Specialist as well as a DBT Specialist. In addition, I am also a certified Depression and Mood Disorder Treatment Professional and a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional. I have obtained a digital badge credential on Applied Positive Psychology as well as Disaster Mental Health Counseling. I continue to attend trainings in order to enhance my clinical skills.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has been instrumental in providing services to people when people need it the most. Telehealth also allows us to provide services to clients who may have difficulty traveling to a clinic due to mobility issues, childcare issues, or distance. Telehealth is making therapy accessible to more people.
What are my goals as a therapist?
Therapy is a journey and everyone’s journey is unique. As a therapist, my goals are to assist you in developing effective coping skills to use when faced with situations and to help you feel empowered toward making positive changes.
“I am able to engage even the most resistant clients in treatment after a few sessions by being genuine, empathetic, and supportive.”