“Throughout my experiences with many diverse populations, I have enjoyed watching individuals grow in therapy by helping them develop new coping mechanisms and change the way they think.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Social work is my first career and I started out by working in an inpatient substance abuse facility. While working there, I ran a dual-diagnosis program and a Seeking Safety Group. I realized that I enjoyed working with mental health, trauma-based diagnoses, and substance abuse. I later went on to work at a hospital where I worked with individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. I also worked at an outpatient mental health facility at a local hospital for eight years. Prior to receiving my master’s degree in social work, I received my bachelor’s degree in public justice and an associate’s degree in human services. Prior to starting my career, I worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for 10 years. Throughout my experiences with many diverse populations, I have enjoyed watching individuals grow in therapy by helping them develop new coping mechanisms and change the way they think.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake is a 1-2 appointment process. My process in therapy is client-centered; I take therapy at the pace the client would like and assign homework only when they feel comfortable. I enjoy working with anyone who feels the need to live a healthier lifestyle and work on themselves.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend continuing education courses to keep up on my knowledge of substance abuse, trauma-based treatment, and CBT. I believe collaboration with other providers is important in learning more about the mental health field. Collaborating challenges the ways we think and introduces us to new ideas to use in the field.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited to see telehealth become more available to clients. It makes treatment more accessible for those who struggle with mobility or transportation.
“I enjoy working with anyone who feels the need to live a healthier lifestyle and work on themselves.”