“My patience is what stands out when working with youth and adults.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In undergrad, I started working in a residential facility for at-risk youth. This is where my passion for mental health started. From there, I worked at a few other similar sites. The next path was in case management and early intervention. I worked with families and at-risk youth in the school system. Following this, I worked with the Department of Children and Families as a dependency case manager where I got hands-on experience in the foster care system. These experiences shaped me into the therapist I am today. My patience is what stands out when working with youth and adults. I have seen firsthand the importance of a quality upbringing and the structure of family and know how to overcome adversity.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like working with clients who are motivated for change or looking for help to see change in their lives. I am willing to do brief consultations prior to a first appointment. Homework may be assigned on a case-by-case basis. Clients will know when progress is being made and will be able to share that experience.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always looking for ways to grow and gain knowledge. I am interested in learning more about how social media is affecting people in our communities.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the growth of mental health. It feels good to participate in panels and share the message about the need for mental health services. I hope one day we will move beyond many of the stigmas that are still attached to mental health.
“I have seen firsthand the importance of a quality upbringing and the structure of family and know how to overcome adversity.”