“I currently work at a hospital as a senior mental health specialist and work with people of all ages but my heart is in working with adolescents and women.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I worked in a psychiatric hospital for men and became intrigued with mental illness after engaging with the clients. I also worked in foster care for many years with children who had serious emotional disturbances and decided that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was raised to treat all people with respect no matter their circumstances and have always had a helping and caring heart. I currently work at a hospital as a senior mental health specialist and work with people of all ages but my heart is in working with adolescents and women. I have always worked with a diverse population and I am able to build respectful and caring relationships with the people I serve.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer a brief consultation to review the client's needs and we decide together if I am a good fit for them. The initial session focuses on discussing their history, presenting issues, and goals. I may assign homework and an action plan may be created. I work with adolescents (13+) and adults of any age.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I engage in trainings in person and online and read books related to the mental health field.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am open-minded and this allows me to engage and connect with a diverse group of people.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about teletherapy as it gives people more access to mental health services.
“I am open-minded and this allows me to engage and connect with a diverse group of people.”