“In the years that I have been doing this type of work, I have felt nothing but gratitude and appreciation for seeing people transcend past their limiting beliefs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My first career was in school counseling, which is related to mental health except with a more academic focus. While doing school counseling, I noticed that there was a greater need to go more in depth and help with issues that are deeply rooted rather than just on the surface. Growing up, I saw firsthand how depression and untreated mental health illness caused a lot of stress on families. I have always been the person people came to talk to and I wanted to make it my career to help guide people and make them feel better. In the years that I have been doing this type of work, I have felt nothing but gratitude and appreciation for seeing people transcend past their limiting beliefs. I know I chose the right path in helping people.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process involves discussing what brought you into therapy and identifying symptoms and underlying issues. Progress can be monitored in many different ways, but we can track progress by seeing a change in thoughts, feelings, motivation level, and taking steps toward the goals that have been set. Depending on the client and therapy, I do assign homework that is meant to help practice skills learned in sessions. I like working with clients who are willing to learn and try new things.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I always look to stay up-to-date on best practices. I love attending new trainings to specialize in different forms of therapy. I often collaborate with other therapists and providers to bounce ideas and learn new things.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about telehealth being available now because we can help reach people who normally wouldn't have time to go to therapy in person due to very busy schedules.
“I like working with clients who are willing to learn and try new things.”