“To be able to guide someone as they face their fears, overcome a challenge, transition into the next phase in life, or process overwhelming feelings is a great privilege that I do not take lightly.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Becoming a therapist has been my chosen career since I was very young, as I experienced firsthand the positive role therapy has on a person. To be able to guide someone as they face their fears, overcome a challenge, transition into the next phase in life, or process overwhelming feelings is a great privilege that I do not take lightly. As a hospital social worker, I work with families. In more recent years, I have worked closely with mothers with postpartum mood disorders, those with children in the neonatal intensive care unit, and those who have experienced loss. However, it was my own experience of having a child that was the driving force behind my desire to support expecting and new parents. My personal and professional experiences have strengthened my goal of increasing mental health awareness and access to care while decreasing the stigma associated with mental health care and therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
During our initial intake, I will ask you about your goals and invite you to share with me your expectations of our sessions and myself. I will tailor our work together to best meet your needs, while utilizing person-centered and strengths-based approaches. I hope to create a warm and inviting space for you to share your story and for us to work collaboratively toward your goals. Please ask me questions as well, as it is important for you to feel comfortable working with me.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The field of social work offers many exciting opportunities to continue learning about its practices. I engage in monthly continuing education courses to sharpen skills I have already acquired and learn about new practices, such as teletherapy. As I am also a hospital social worker, I utilize my unique role as an opportunity to connect with other disciplines and gain their perspective on human behavior. I also work with providers and consider their approach in order to enhance an individual’s wellbeing.
“I hope to create a warm and inviting space for you to share your story and for us to work collaboratively toward your goals.”