“From the beginning of my educational career, I had an interest and passion for learning about trauma and how the body responds to trauma.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From the beginning of my educational career, I had an interest and passion for learning about trauma and how the body responds to trauma. It was clear to me that my calling was to work with individuals and families who have experienced traumatic situations to help them in their healing process.
What should someone know about working with you?
I view each client as an individual requiring tailored treatment approaches to assist in the healing of their very unique situation. The ideal clients are those individuals who are committed to engaging in the change process and following the recommended cognitive or behavioral activities provided during sessions. To me, progress is the client’s ability to notice change in their day-to-day emotions and behaviors.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I seek out research and training opportunities that support newer, more holistic approaches to treatment. I have completed trainings as a sex offense treatment provider, in TF-CBT, and in EMDR therapy (I am working on certification). I am currently pursuing training in trauma-sensitive yoga to assist clients who may be resistant to or struggling with talk therapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My focus is on understanding the experiences of each individual I work with and how these have shaped their perspectives of the world. I believe that each person sees and experiences the world differently. My core value of respect for every living being helps shape my curiosity and understanding of how an individual is influenced by their cultural background.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about telehealth and believe that it provides an opportunity for those who could not traditionally seek mental health services due to work or family obligations. It provides access to needed assistance with comfort and ease.
“It was clear to me that my calling was to work with individuals and families who have experienced traumatic situations to help them in their healing process.”