“Expect a very down-to-earth, authentic person who is very empathic.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist was easy as my mother became ill overnight and lost hearing in one ear and partial hearing in the other ear. She was bedridden for 10 weeks; I saw her cry for a whole week because she did not think she would be able to return to her job. Amazingly for the 1980s, her workplace accommodated her. This made me want to become a mental health and rehabilitation counselor to assist individuals in being more functional at home and in the workplace.
What should someone know about working with you?
Expect a very down-to-earth, authentic person who is very empathic. I work best with people who are motivated to work through the anxiety and depression that resulted from emotional abuse. Services are provided virtually and all forms are electronically signed. You will download an app where you can message me, participate in video sessions, and send me documents or pictures. The forms are all signed through a patient portal.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Training is extremely important to me. I have taken training from the leading researchers (including Dr. Van der Kolk) and explored the topics of trauma, Covid-19, diversity, DBT, supervision, and more. I also give presentations to other therapists on how to run a private practice, take insurance, and work with EAPs or insurance vendors.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values (especially my work ethic) and my acceptance of others is not only a reflection of my upbringing but my training. Family is extremely important and I value honesty, trust, loyalty, and being timely, responsible, and dependable. I am a true empath, very intuitive, and love what I do for my job.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about offering mental health and career coaching services through telehealth. I can reach more people this way, which is amazing. Teaching groups about life skills and working with those who want to make changes in their careers or deal with workplace issues is what gives me energy.
What would you say to someone hesitant to try therapy?
Have you known someone in your life who emotionally, physically, or financially abused you and are now experiencing anxiety, depression, or self-esteem issues? Is the anxiety paralyzing you, creating anger, or making you avoid important things? Are you thinking negatively about yourself, thinking something is wrong with you or that you are not good enough, feeling empty inside, or comparing yourself to others? Do you have deep emotional pain from how people have treated you? Do you worry about almost everything, especially what people might think of you? You are no longer alone. I am here to help you build your self-esteem, decrease your depression, and work through your anxiety so you can be successful in life. Whether you are a teen, young adult, in midlife or older, please contact me so we can set up a time for a free consultation. All counseling is group and done through telehealth. Career coaching is either individual or group.
“I work best with people who are motivated to work through the anxiety and depression that resulted from emotional abuse.”