“I am a strong believer in recovery; through therapy, I believe an individual can be empowered to make transformative gains and experience a life that they both want and deserve.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Therapy is my first career but it was not a quick and easy journey. Though it was something that I felt called to do, I certainly explored other areas of focus until I obtained my MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. I was always drawn toward helping others and have a strong moral and ethical compass. My father, who is a veteran, was a great source of inspiration and was instrumental in my guidance into mental health. My areas of practice have largely been with veterans, families, and individuals from diverse backgrounds who have been experiencing significant mental health challenges, substance abuse, or poverty and other socioeconomic stressors. I have been educated in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and grief therapy. I am a strong believer in recovery; through therapy, I believe an individual can be empowered to make transformative gains and experience a life that they both want and deserve.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process involves a full assessment, which encompasses current stressors, medical history, early childhood data, relationships, and the individual’s desire for change. Progress comes through client satisfaction and whether or not they feel that they are growing and making progress toward their goals. Progress is also reflected when life improves for clients and when they get closer to their version of happiness. I assign tasks as needed because therapy continues to happen outside of the session. I enjoy working with clients of all ages, but I focus my practice on male clients.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am a very spiritual person due to my upbringing. At a very young, I was encouraged to think of others and look out for those experiencing oppression. Compassion and caring for others are paramount; they guide my practice and shape me. They also encourage cultural sensitivity and have inspired me to help everyone, regardless of walk of life or the journey that they may be on.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am really excited to see the advancements of telehealth coming into the forefront. 2020 showed all of us how crucial our mental health is and being able to speak with a therapist on demand is a massive push forward in bringing greater empowerment. It is also making therapy way more accessible in the virtual world that we are living in.
“Compassion and caring for others are paramount; they guide my practice and shape me.”