“Many times, we just need some help listening to ourselves, clarifying our goals, and choosing the means to reach them.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I can't remember a time when I was not interested in spirituality, personal growth, and helping others. From an early age, family and friends often commented on my empathetic and active listening style. My first job in this field was during college. I worked with children and young adults diagnosed with significant developmental issues in a residential setting. I went on from there to complete a graduate degree in pastoral ministry. I worked in addressing the needs of marginalized communities like undocumented migrant-workers and those living in both rural and urban economic instability. I eventually became the pastor of a large Christian community. After several years in this role, I decided to go back to graduate school to get more education in mental health counseling, addictions, and trauma. I witnessed the huge impact of these issues on my community and others. I wanted to understand them better and learn about solutions to address them.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that we carry the means of healing and growth within us. Therefore, you as the client will choose the direction of therapy. Many times, we just need some help listening to ourselves, clarifying our goals, and choosing the means to reach them. I see myself as a guide and resource on your journey; you decide where we are going and I do everything I can to help you get there. The sessions and course of treatment will be as structured or free-flowing as you decide. We all have different styles of learning, communicating, and relating. My therapy style builds on the strengths that you already possess.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I value lifelong learning and personal development. I regularly attend trainings in my specialty areas of trauma, grief, and addictions. I also continue to receive training in my chosen treatment modalities of EMDR, MI, mindfulness, group therapy, CBT, and experiential therapies.
“I see myself as a guide and resource on your journey; you decide where we are going and I do everything I can to help you get there.”