“My faith guides the work I provide with regard to the level of care and hope I aim to inspire in my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist includes experiencing personal life hardships that created a desire to help other women experiencing hardships. After I became a Christian and found strength from my faith in God, I desired to share that faith with others open to using faith so they could develop strength in their own life. My faith guides the work I provide with regard to the level of care and hope I aim to inspire in my clients. I have worked in both secular and non-secular settings and enjoy empowering women to achieve their goals. I have completed training in evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and emotion-focused therapy. I regularly participate in continuing education training to further develop my knowledge and skills when working with women, and I have received training as a nutritional and integrative medicine provider.
What should someone know about working with you
The type of client I enjoy working with are women in need of support who are ready and motivated to make a change. The intake process involves completing forms online through an electronic portal. Once session availability and payment are determined and clients complete necessary forms, they will receive an appointment to begin sessions. The first two sessions involve obtaining background information and discussing potential goals for treatment to determine what treatment focus will be needed. Tips may be provided upon gathering information, depending on the issue experienced. By the fourth session, a treatment plan will be developed and agreed upon, which will guide the work together. Homework assignments may be provided to discuss at follow-up sessions. Progress is assessed every 3-4 months and if treatment goals are met, work together with clients is ended. If more time is needed, treatment will continue and may require a shift in treatment focus.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My upbringing and life experiences have shaped my worldview by creating a sense of empathy and compassion for others in pain. I take an approach of cultural-humility in my work with clients. I understand that my experiences, even if sometimes similar, are different from my client’s experiences and I aim to understand their perspective, support them, and empower them to achieve the change they desire in their lives.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
As a doctoral student, I researched the factors that influenced shelters to utilize yoga as a complementary intervention with victims of domestic violence. That research has been a springboard to my current overall interests of integrating yoga and/or Christianity into practice with clients to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. I enjoy further learning how to incorporate additional alternatives or unconventional approaches to mental health treatment.
“I have worked in both secular and non-secular settings and enjoy empowering women to achieve their goals.”