“I meet you where you are so we can work together in the most helpful way possible.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Therapy is my second act. Previously, I worked in the book publishing field for twenty years as a copyeditor. My experience in my own therapy led me to this career change and I decided I wanted to work with people on overcoming their challenges. So, I traded in editing for empowering! I went to school for social work and graduated with a solid foundation in various methodologies. I am ready to work with people who have depression or anxiety, career-related stress, relationship issues, and many other problems. I also enjoy working with those who have mood disorders. My own grandfather had bipolar disorder and I can pull from this firsthand experience
What should someone know about working with you?
My first session will focus on collecting information about why you’re coming to therapy and what you hope to accomplish. I meet you where you are so we can work together in the most helpful way possible. During a regular session, I follow your lead and we set an agenda based on the issues you want to cover. I do sometimes give homework if it appears to be relevant or helpful, particularly with people who have depression or anxiety. I have also used worksheets for clients dealing with anger management problems. These worksheets can narrow in on their triggers and help us address them together.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Whenever I feel that I need help on a particular case, I turn to my supervisors and colleagues. I find that consulting with others who have more experience in certain areas helps me with my work and helps me serve you better. I’ve had positive experiences working jointly with psychiatrists regarding medication management. Sometimes things come up in therapy with people who are taking medication and I consult with the psychiatrist so we can tweak the regimen. I feel working on a team with others makes me a more well-rounded therapist.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I would suggest that you give one or two sessions a shot; you really have nothing to lose! Looking for a therapist can be somewhat like shopping and I encourage you to look for the best fit. Some people do better with psychodynamic therapy, while others flourish with cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavior therapy. Therapy is one of the few places where a person can unload their baggage to an objective, compassionate listener. We are trained to listen reflectively and to honor you with empathy and validation. If you find that you don’t click with a therapist, you can always try another one.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
Over the last six months, I’ve completed multiple trainings in TF-CBT (trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy). These experiences were very enlightening, especially considering that TF-CBT is a modality most often used with children and my work thus far has been with adults. I see the parallel between TF-CBT and prolonged exposure, which is one modality that is used to treat trauma in adults (EMDR is another modality used with adults). This education has increased my interest in working with children who have suffered trauma.
“We are trained to listen reflectively and to honor you with empathy and validation.”