“My goal is to aid clients by co-creating an open, caring, and supportive space.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have over 25 year of experience providing therapeutic services to adults, children, adolescents, and families. The majority of my practice has been in the community health or educational setting as a social worker.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is to aid clients by co-creating an open, caring, and supportive space. I support clients in a warm, culturally-sensitive, and LGBTQ-affirmative manner. My background in advocacy and organizing also influences my practice, which is informed by social justice, health, equity, and the right to self-determination. My sessions are offered via telehealth or in person.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have training in John Gottman's methods, specifically the tools useful in managing depression.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My beautiful parents were married for over 67 years and I'm the oldest of seven girls. Family, to me, is a vital component of who we are and who we become. I have also traveled extensively to Asia, Europe, Central America, and South America.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Thanks to telehealth, some patients have been able to continue their therapy through the magnificent device of a computer. I'm most interested in comparing world-view interventions and how we maintain humanness, love, and understanding despite all the technological advances we still need and crave.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I'm quite inquisitive myself. My research is based on cognitive behavioral therapy, marriage/ family therapy, and adolescent brain mechanisms and behaviors.
“My background in advocacy and organizing also influences my practice, which is informed by social justice, health, equity, and the right to self-determination.”