“Navigating health issues can be complicated but I enjoy helping people find their inner strengths and work through the emotional toll health issues can cause.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor?
I have always been drawn to helping people. I enjoy assisting my clients in unraveling thought patterns that have become tangled or confusing. I love seeing the moment something clicks for my clients and they are better able to understand why they do the things they do. Through my own personal therapy, I have learned a lot about myself and enjoy helping others find that same clarity. I have personal and professional experience in chronic health issues. I am aware that the communities of those with chronic illness/pain are highly underserved and I work to change that in my practice. Navigating health issues can be complicated but I enjoy helping people find their inner strengths and work through the emotional toll health issues can cause.
What should someone know about working with you?
I try to make the intake process as painless as possible. I will send you an intake form for you to fill out prior to our first session. In a typical first session, I will encourage you to speak about what brings you to therapy, what has worked for you in the past, and what hasn’t. I also try to identify any barriers that may arise. I like to set short-term and long-term goals for therapy and do check-ins to make sure we are on the same page. Progress in therapy is different for everyone but I feel it takes place in those moments where we change behavior or incorporate a new way of thinking. I like to work with my clients on identifying their current coping strategies and helping them create new ones. I enjoy working with clients who are driven and want to see change in their lives. I specifically like working with young adults on life transitions, family issues, chronic illness/pain, and trauma.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue to educate myself through readings, workshops, webinars, and supervision. I often consult with other professionals in the field in order to get new and different perspectives on how I can further help my clients. I enjoy taking workshops and courses on various topics, such as trauma, PTSD, chronic illness, depression, and anxiety. I also continue to educate myself on various coping skills and strategies that I can then teach to my clients. I like to incorporate some holistic styles into my approach, such as mindfulness, deep breathing, grounding techniques, journaling, and other practices.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I appreciate the growing dialogue around mental health; I feel it is becoming less stigmatized and spoken about more freely. I’m inspired by teens and young adults who embrace the mental health world and don’t shy away from understanding that mental health is a part of all of us. I think teletherapy has opened a whole new world for therapists and clients alike. Now, we get a window into our clients’ home lives that we wouldn’t have when meeting in an office. I also feel it has opened the door for people who have been hesitant to start therapy because of transportation or health issues. I plan to always offer teletherapy as an option.
“I like to incorporate some holistic styles into my approach, such as mindfulness, deep breathing, grounding techniques, journaling, and other practices.”