“I feel grateful to be a therapist and I am confident my personal and professional experiences allow me to be an authentic, grounded, well-versed, culturally-sensitive, relatable, and reliable source for another person in need.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Social work was something I learned of at a young age due to my own experience with a social worker, as my family and I experienced a lot of sickness and loss in sudden and traumatic ways. Through that experience, I recognized the power of empathy, resilience, and unconditional regard for self and others. At this young age, I became passionate about the field and committed my life's work to it. I feel grateful to be a therapist and I am confident my personal and professional experiences allow me to be an authentic, grounded, well-versed, culturally-sensitive, relatable, and reliable source for another person in need. I take pride in the tools I have learned when assisting others and I appreciate seeing the growth in each and every client I have worked with.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am honored to be available to any person in need. I strive to learn each individual's needs and goals to help identify areas that can benefit from healing and help them truly move forward to a validated, empowered, and refreshed place. My intake process includes learning about you. Later on, homework can be assigned if together we find it may be beneficial for continued healing and growth.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values have always been a helpful guide to me, as I remain driven by empathy, resilience, and resourcefulness. I have always believed in the importance of the internal working model and really learning how one views themselves, others, and the world, as this can often impact how and why we function the way we do. Healing and validating the experiences that hurt us are necessary steps to understanding and making changes to our "todays and tomorrows'' in a way that is useful to each individual. Cultural competency has always been a part of my being, allowing me to be curious about self and others, learn about and appreciate differences, and remain open-minded, eager to learn, and dedicated to support.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I greatly appreciate the evolving mental health landscape. I appreciate that we are building a climate of acceptance, support, and relatability while understanding that mental health is a part of our overall health; not only is it okay to talk about it but it is necessary, invited, and reflects strength. I appreciate the accessibility of the mental health landscape with specific acknowledgment toward the role of telehealth, which allows more people access to mental health support from anywhere and at just about anytime. Growth has always been one of the things I enjoy most about this field and I appreciate that I have the opportunity to learn and grow with each person as they learn, grow, and achieve their own goals. This always has and always will leave a footprint with me.
“I strive to learn each individual's needs and goals to help identify areas that can benefit from healing and help them truly move forward to a validated, empowered, and refreshed place.”