“One of my favorite things about being a social worker is that it allows me to not only be a therapist, but also to serve communities and be an advocate in many different ways.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I decided to pursue a degree in social work, I wasn’t exactly sure what that would mean for me, or what I wanted my career to look like. I remember the first time I sat down with a client for therapy at a local community center during my graduate internship. I felt like it was what I was meant to be doing. I spent some time after school exploring other paths in social work, but I always felt called back to therapy. One of my favorite things about being a social worker is that it allows me to not only be a therapist, but also to serve communities and be an advocate in many different ways and roles throughout my career.
What should someone know about working with you?
In our first session, we’ll get to know each other and work toward finding our groove. This will include learning a bit about your interests, goals, relationships, and past experiences, and providing space for you to ask questions. I believe transparency around treatment is crucial and I want you to have a clear understanding of what we will be doing together. I take an eclectic approach to my work and will tailor treatment to specifically address your goals. I utilize empathy, humor, reflection, authenticity, and insight in my work as a therapist, and am always engaged in the process. I am certainly not the “blank slate” therapist. I will always prioritize meeting you exactly where you are, and provide a safe, affirming, and nonjudgmental space.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I very much value collaboration. I’ve been lucky enough to have had many opportunities to work on interdisciplinary teams. I revel in any opportunity to work with other professionals who are supporting a client’s well-being. Supervision is also a part of this work that excites me. I have learned and continue to learn so much, both from those who provide supervision to me and those I have had the pleasure of supervising.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am super excited about the mental health landscape becoming more holistic. I so appreciate the movement toward understanding a person as a whole—including their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, spirituality, and all of the other identities that make us who we are. The fact that these intersecting identities are being considered and talked about more and more in the field of mental health is wonderful! I also must mention my excitement about the field becoming much more strengths-based—seeking mental health care is now seen more as a strength than as a deficit.
What draws you to work specifically with LGBTQIA+-identifying clients?
As a member of this community myself, I understand the unique needs and experiences of folks who identify as LGBTQIA+. I have spent my career dedicated to this work—from working with LGBTQIA+ homeless youth to working at other therapy practices with missions dedicated to serving this population. I am especially passionate about working with TGNB-identified folks and am acutely aware of the gatekeeping they experience in getting the care and services they need, specifically from medical providers. I am passionate about advocating with and for these clients, and I have extensive experience providing letters for folks who may wish to pursue medical transition or gender-affirming surgeries.
“I will always prioritize meeting you exactly where you are, and provide a safe, affirming, and nonjudgmental space.”
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