“I don't look at myself as the expert but more so as a person who will collaborate with you in a vulnerable and honest manner to help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your desires, and what goals you would like to achieve.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For me, being a social worker is not just a career but an inherent part of who I am. Regardless of my job title, I find myself supporting, advocating, and educating individuals on a daily basis. As an elementary school teacher in a private academy where many of the children were from families dealing with domestic violence, substance abuse, health issues, molestation, and divorce, I found myself working with my students and their families in all aspects of their lives. I volunteered after school to work with students diagnosed with ADHD, selective mutism, Tourette’s syndrome, and behavioral issues. During 911 tragedies, I assisted one of my students through the painful loss of her father. These experiences inspired me to pursue my master’s in clinical social work.
What should someone know about working with you?
If you are interested in working with me, we will have an initial brief conversation to get a feel of whether we may be a fit, and if so, I will send you intake paperwork to fill out electronically on my client portal. We will begin where you are and work at your pace. I do not have a one-size-fits-all approach but, rather, tailor approaches to what works best for you and what you desire. I don't look at myself as the expert but more so as a person who will collaborate with you in a vulnerable and honest manner to help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your desires, and what goals you would like to achieve.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have a thirst for knowledge and continue to attend workshops and training. I attend a biweekly group training for attachment-based couples therapy and monthly group training on grief. I also collaborate with other therapists in order to help my clients to the best of my potential.
What else should someone know about working with you?
I find that with each new client, I grow as a therapist and my clients teach me a great deal. I wouldn't take a client to a place that I wouldn't go myself; I walk alongside my clients on this path.
“I wouldn't take a client to a place that I wouldn't go myself; I walk alongside my clients on this path.”