“Through our work together, you will develop an understanding of what may be holding you back and leave with the skills to conquer your stressors.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had an interest in mental health. When I was in middle school, I remember I would come home at the end of the day and watch “Dr. Phil.” I was interested in hearing people’s stories and watching Dr. Phil’s unconventional methods. I then decided to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology and family studies. In school, I was inspired by a professor who happened to be an LCSW. After graduating, I received my master’s degree in social work. Once I began my first job as a therapist at a mental health clinic, I knew I was in the right field for me.
What should someone know about working with you?
Deciding to begin therapy can sometimes feel scary. We will work together to build a comfortable and judgment-free space. During the first session, I will ask a lot of questions to get to know you. We will then discuss goals for therapy and develop a treatment plan together. Through our work together, you will develop an understanding of what may be holding you back and leave with the skills to conquer your stressors. Growing from your struggles takes commitment—and doing so gives you the confidence to lead the life you want.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaborating with an integrated team is my favorite part of working at a hospital. I get the privilege of working alongside psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, and nutritionists—the wealth of knowledge these providers can offer is irreplaceable.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I hear you. Being vulnerable can feel uncomfortable. I commend you for taking this step toward improving your mental health. My advice would be to talk to me as if you were talking to your closest friend—but without any fear of judgment!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The focus on mental health in our society seems to be increasing. It’s great to see celebrities coming out about their own struggles with mental health. I think this has helped to normalize regular discussions regarding mental health and overall wellness. I think we are moving in the right direction.
“Talk to me as if you were talking to your closest friend—but without any fear of judgment!”