“What makes me suited to be a therapist is a natural talent and motivation to assist others in transformation.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist involved tuning in and listening to feedback I've received most of my life. Prior to becoming a therapist, I experienced people often coming to me in crisis, whether I knew them well or not. I often wondered why others felt comfortable sharing with me and why they were confident in coming to me for assistance. What makes me suited to be a therapist is a natural talent and motivation to assist others in transformation. Providing therapy is my second career; previously, I worked as a hospital administrator for many years. I went into the profession of health administration for compensation and prestige. Security was my motivation at the time. After several years of feeling unfulfilled, I decided to look at what was missing and then lead with my heart.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process begins by establishing a rapport based on a partnership of transparency. I do assign homework in order to facilitate the client’s process and coping between sessions. I enjoy working through issues of anxiety, anger, and depression with young adults, adults, and couples.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in continuing education courses that address specific disorders and specific types of therapy to address those disorders. I'm interested in learning more about bariatric clients and their histories that led them to overeat. Collaborating with other providers benefits my clients because different approaches and perspectives are often learned and subsequently implemented.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm most excited that the longstanding stigma regarding mental health seems to be dissolving. The attitude of many has shifted to embracing the notion that mental health is part of overall health. Engaging in therapy has become a topic that many are now openly discussing. I find telehealth to be equally effective as in-person therapy. Because telehealth is so convenient, it could lead to greater outcomes than in-person encounters if we consider factors like cancellation rates due to travel and inclement weather.
“I enjoy working through issues of anxiety, anger, and depression with young adults, adults, and couples.”