“I want to help you feel comfortable to present your authentic self in our sessions; I want you to feel safe, validated, and heard.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always wanted to be a therapist as my own positive experiences with therapy have helped me so much. As someone who was diagnosed with a learning disability as a child, I saw firsthand the issues that impacted my family and not just me. This gives me a special understanding as well as compassion for children, adults, and their families who are dealing with this. I have worked in supported employment programs, in college advisement programs, with adult students, in domestic abuse, in addiction, with relationship issues, and on my own as a consultant for parents of children with special needs. I attended IEP meetings with parents, acting as an advocate and assisting with decisions regarding their children’s education. Furthermore, I am the mother of two amazing teens who have Asperger’s. I am so excited to go on this journey with you!
What should someone know about working with you?
I want to help you feel comfortable to present your authentic self in our sessions; I want you to feel safe, validated, and heard. During intake, I assess your readiness for benefiting from therapy. I assess your experience (if any) with therapy as well as your comfort level, your reason for seeking therapy, what you hope to get out of it, and how I can best assist you. I love seeing that lightbulb go off in a client’s head when they are able to make that connection from an issue we have discussed. I love seeing my clients achieve self-awareness and personal growth!
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I take continuing education courses on various topics and I am always reading the latest articles. I also research news to stay up-to-date.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My values are that of tolerance for differing views, cultures, and life experiences. I also highly value compassion, honesty, and empathy. Active listening is a key component of my method, as it enables me to encompass all of my values that are crucial to have in the practice of therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about my clients gaining enough confidence and being able to feel good about knowing that they are learning to make healthy decisions that will help them achieve personal growth.
“I love seeing my clients achieve self-awareness and personal growth!”