“I believe that relationship is paramount in therapy and serves as the building block to change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a kid, I was always the one my friends came to to talk about their problems. I have frequently been told that I have natural empathy and good intuition. I was an elementary school teacher in the inner-city for four years after college but soon found myself counseling parents and students in addition to teaching. After my first child was born, I decided to go to graduate school to pursue my passion and become a psychotherapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach to therapy is eclectic; I believe that one-size-does-not-fit-all. Although active in my approach, I encourage my clients to have their own agenda after the initial session. I believe that relationship is paramount in therapy and serves as the building block to change. I strive to help my clients feel comfortable, providing a warm, safe, and nonjudgmental space for them to grow. I enjoy working with adults of all ages, backgrounds, and sexual orientations. My ideal client is motivated and does the work of therapy in between sessions.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am naturally curious about people's life experiences and my clients enable me to learn and grow on a daily basis! I also enjoy expanding my knowledge through continuing education courses and interaction with a variety of colleagues in the field. I love to read and educate myself on a broad range of topics and find learning exciting. My work providing wellness seminars at various workplaces and governmental entities also provides me with the different perspectives of a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I truly respect my clients and understand how uncomfortable and scary it can be to initially talk to a stranger. I care about people and I believe that my natural warmth and empathy is obvious in my work. I believe that everyone deserves to be happy, and this is my overall goal for all my clients. I love what I do, and I believe it shows!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about telehealth and have found that it is a convenient and effective way for my busy clients to have their sessions. I love that it gives access to therapy to individuals from a variety of geographical areas and that time and distance do not have to get in the way of help.
What are your special interests?
I enjoy helping my clients overcome depression, anxiety, mood disorders, addiction, and related issues. My interests also include working with people experiencing career issues, relationship concerns, and life transitions. I guide people through grief and trauma as well. Having provided adoption home studies throughout my career, pre and post-adoption counseling is another of my special interests.
“I strive to help my clients feel comfortable, providing a warm, safe, and nonjudgmental space for them to grow.”