“Each person makes progress at their own pace and I honor that.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been working in the helping profession since I graduated from college. I was always drawn to this work because the working relationships I form with clients are so rewarding. I specialized my training to address substance use disorder and I have more recently sought advanced training and certification in EMDR, a therapeutic approach that helps clients with a range of challenges. I have worked in outpatient clinics and healthcare settings and I recently began to offer my services in private practice. I have a diversity of experience and have worked with adolescents, adults, and elders. The behavioral health landscape is ever-changing and I have enjoyed the challenges of keeping pace.
What should someone know about working with you?
I begin working with clients by completing a diagnostic assessment and developing a treatment plan. I believe that having goals and a defined scope for the work is important. Each person makes progress at their own pace and I honor that. I enjoy working with all clients and have expertise in substance use, health-centered counseling, behavior change, and LGBT health.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I enjoy growing my EMDR therapy skills by attending advanced trainings and continuing to work with a mentor. I regularly attend conferences that focus on substance use disorder and trauma. Collaboration with other professionals is key to team-based care and this is so important to providing comprehensive and competent care.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I chose to be a social worker for a reason. My profession values and embraces social justice and these were the values transmitted to me by my family. Another key value of social work is understanding all dimensions of a person's life, including a client's identities and related experiences.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth lowers barriers to engaging in treatment and allows providers to be flexible in how we provide services. The behavioral healthcare delivery system is dynamic and this is both challenging and exciting as a metaphor for life. We will always be challenged and then better able to appreciate our strengths and ability to adapt.
“I enjoy working with all clients and have expertise in substance use, health-centered counseling, behavior change, and LGBT health.”