“I view therapy as a collaborative process and take an unstructured yet active and engaging approach.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist was not direct. I started out as a social worker in community health and worked as a member of an assertive community treatment team, providing critical care for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. The experience was memorable and I found the strength and resilience of my clients inspirational. I've also worked with adolescents in outpatient settings. This experience was incredibly rewarding. Adolescents have infinite potential to do wonderful things in their lives. They are open and direct about their experiences and feelings. This results in a realness within the relationship that can be therapeutic and transformative.
What should someone know about working with you?
I view therapy as a collaborative process and take an unstructured yet active and engaging approach. I typically like to spend the first session getting to know the particular needs of the client in whatever way they wish to share with me. I'm not the kind of therapist who just sits back and says “uh-huh” every few minutes; I'm not shy about giving feedback when it is needed.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I collaborate with other health and wellness professionals and work with psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and social workers to coordinate care. I attend individual and group supervision and stay up-to-date on evidence-based practices, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm excited that mental health is being talked about more and more in today's society. As telehealth options become more widely accepted and available, it is exciting that more people can gain access to care.
“I'm not the kind of therapist who just sits back and says “uh-huh” every few minutes; I'm not shy about giving feedback when it is needed.”