“Today, my practice focuses on you and how you can manage better!”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Helping others has always been in my nature from childhood. I knew I wanted to find a career where I had the ability to reach out to different populations and social work was my answer! Prior to starting my private practice, I worked as a social work director for 12+ years, but I changed paths because I really preferred more face-to-face time with my clients. I got so much more from my time counseling than from being in a management position. I worked for seven years after that as a homecare social worker and I saw firsthand how many people were suffering from mental health issues at home. That’s what really guided me to virtual therapy even before COVID! Online counseling allows me to reach people who would not have asked for help had virtual therapy not been an option. Plus, I get to help people who would reach out but are so busy taking care of others that their self-care ends up at the bottom of the pile. Today, my practice focuses on you and how you can manage better!
What should someone know about working with you?
In our first session, you can expect me to explore what brought you to seek counseling in order to understand where you are - because this is your journey. Building rapport is very important to me especially in the first few sessions. You will see that I am a very good listener, focused on reading people by tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. Most of all, I want you to feel comfortable, safe and to know that I am a non-judgmental, caring person here to help.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I feel like the landscape has evolved for the better in the past few years, partially due to COVID. It is now so much more accepted or “normal” to be struggling with mental health issues. Depression and anxiety have become common topics of conversation whether it be on social media, the news or amongst friends. People are talking about their stressors and realizing they don’t have to struggle alone, that getting help is the best approach. Having the availability to reach others virtually has proven to be so accessible and life changing for many!
“You will find that I am a nonjudgmental, caring person.”