“My core value is that my client is the expert in their life; I aim to be a tool to help my clients navigate what is best for them.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor?
I was once told, "Find the thing that you would do without getting paid and make that a career.” That was the best advice I could have ever gotten. At that moment, I decided being a lawyer was not the way I wanted to help people. When I entered the mental health field, I quickly realized how special it was. I think it is a privilege to be able to support people in ways that they might not be showing the rest of the world. Being let into someone's life is something that should be cared for and appreciated. I provide in-home family therapy for people of all ages and backgrounds, and I do couples and individual therapy as well.
What should someone know about working with you?
When I receive communication from a potential client, I like to offer either a consultation call or an intake session. In a consultation call, I give a potential client the opportunity to speak with me briefly and ask me any questions they might have before signing up for services. For clients who are ready to jump into a first session, I will send them my practice documents to be reviewed and signed, and we will book a 50-minute intake session. In the first few sessions, I ask a lot of questions and give my client space to ask me questions so we can get to know each other and get an understanding of who you are and what is bringing you to therapy. In the third session, I like to isolate treatment goals and steps you hope to take to reach them. Some sessions might end with homework based on what was discussed in the session. Homework will involve having you think or reflect about something or practice a skill. If a client is not able to do the homework, that is okay.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core value is that my client is the expert in their life; I aim to be a tool to help my clients navigate what is best for them. I do not believe that it's my job to tell my clients what to do or if they are right or wrong. I like to take a reflective approach to therapy and really push my clients to explore why a behavior or life pattern exists. I have learned that creating strong relationships is the cornerstone of great therapy, and I work hard to be available to my clients and support them when needed.
“I have learned that creating strong relationships is the cornerstone of great therapy, and I work hard to be available to my clients and support them when needed.”