“I have a natural empathy and curiosity for people and that shows up in my counseling relationships.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always wanted to work with people in the helping field and be up close and personal in assisting people in getting to a place where they feel fulfilled. I have worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient at various community mental health agencies, nursing homes, and online therapy. I am now at a group practice full-time while growing my side practice. I am also in the process of getting a life coach certification and a mindfulness certification. I already have my 200-hour certificate in yoga teacher training and I am a reiki master.
What should someone know about working with you?
I use an eclectic approach with clients; some clients prefer more direction than others so I try to tailor the work we do to meet each individual's needs. I may assign homework, such as asking clients to try some mindfulness techniques over the next week or journal thoughts and feelings for us to review at the next session. The intake and goal-setting process may take a couple of sessions to gather and develop. I go at the pace of my client.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have a natural empathy and curiosity for people and that shows up in my counseling relationships. I show up in a genuine, nonjudgmental way to help clients feel safe and comfortable. I know no other way to be; that is naturally who I am at an organic level. It just so happens to come in handy when providing counseling!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
We are growing with the times as a field! I have done telehealth therapy before but I see it now as a growing entity that helps more people connect with a provider. If a client can't get to a session physically for whatever reason, it provides a way to get the services they need.
“I show up in a genuine, nonjudgmental way to help clients feel safe and comfortable.”