“You must be willing to explore yourself, invite change, let go of old ideals and beliefs, set goals, and explore areas of discomfort.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a nurse first and foremost! A curiosity about the human brain and our emotional and behavioral patterns coupled with how easily people shared and opened up to me led to my career. I am invested in my own mental health and wellbeing and am confident that there are ordered steps to being functional and emotionally-well despite the chaos we are exposed to. My work experience has been in hospital emergency rooms, inpatient units, and community outpatient facilities. I have a good understanding of how to effectively analyze your history and current situation in order to create a treatment plan and provide supportive education that best fits your current needs.
What should someone know about working with you?
You must be willing to explore yourself, invite change, let go of old ideals and beliefs, set goals, and explore areas of discomfort. I expect compliance with agreed medication regimens as well as suggested homework assignments. This is a collaborative relationship where your honesty and participation are essential and I will be transparent and supportive as much as possible. Prescribed controlled substances are not utilized for long-term treatment; I may ask you to sign a written agreement for use, which is likely to include agreement to toxicology labs.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Right now, I am exploring shamanic spiritual healing practices. These include learning about entheogens/psychedelics, guided journeys, meditation, and sound healing.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about healers wanting to be available to people in need and the global awakening that healing is needed for individuals and the land. Telehealth is changing access and reducing costs. Plant medicines are going through scientific research with positive results. A lot of people are reevaluating their life circumstances and their current relationship with stress and wellness.
“This is a collaborative relationship where your honesty and participation are essential and I will be transparent and supportive as much as possible.”