“Areas of focus can include self-esteem building, conflict resolution, mindfulness, and cognitive restructuring.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a teacher turned therapist; my background is in art therapy and art education.
I enjoyed teaching, but I discovered that counseling was the right fit for me. My students were the ones who showed me how indispensable it is to have a space to process our hardships and make sense of the thoughts and emotions we experience. I discovered that mental health counseling was my niche and path to working with a diverse population in a real, genuine, and purposeful way. In recent years, I have been working on an inpatient psychiatric unit with clients seeking safety during mental health crises. I have also worked in rehabilitation centers with clients recovering from alcohol and substance use disorders. Life can be hard, but people are resilient. Our minds are incredible, even if, sometimes, they turn on us. Therapy provides such a resourceful outlet to navigate it all.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a psychotherapist, I work with adolescents and adults seeking relief from symptoms in their pursuit of a meaningful life. The intake process is aimed at defining clear goals and collecting a brief history. Any questions or anxieties about beginning this process are welcome before making a commitment. Together, we will cultivate an online environment to suit your journey. We will build a schedule and treatment plan but remain flexible to your evolving needs. A theory-based approach will aid in the development of coping skills for managing intense emotions and negative thoughts. Clients may discover unconscious beliefs that lead to undesirable behavior patterns. We may unpack the ways your past experiences or traumas shape your current processing. Areas of focus can include self-esteem building, conflict resolution, mindfulness, and cognitive restructuring. Change does not come from one's comfort zone, but we will be sure to work at a pace that's appropriate for you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have a love for this field, which fuels my continuing education. Staying informed of new approaches and techniques that will guide my clients’ growth will always be a priority.
Staying informed of trauma-based interventions is especially important since this can be such a vulnerable area. I have recently been furthering my psychotherapy practice in behavior therapies, including dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Evidence shows success with these interventions in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and personality disorders as well as when working toward behavior change.
I am a believer that everyone can benefit from therapy, and my own therapy allows me to remain grounded and reliable for my clients. Searching for understanding, healing, and self-acceptance takes dedicated work from both sides of our therapeutic alliance.
“I am a believer that everyone can benefit from therapy, and my own therapy allows me to remain grounded and reliable for my clients.”