“My counseling style is empathic and collaborative.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I remember being interested in human behavior in high school, intrigued by what makes us each unique and interesting. This led me to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I then studied fine arts for many years, exploring how emotions and personal statements can be expressed through the visual. When I worked as an art teacher for people with developmental disabilities, I became inspired to get my graduate degree and become a licensed clinical social worker to further pursue my passion for helping others.
What should someone know about working with you?
My counseling style is empathic and collaborative. At the end of each session, I hope you will feel lighter. My approach combines client-centered, cognitive behavioral, trauma-focused, empowerment, and solution-focused counseling. I believe people can make changes in their lives. My approach also works with perceptions of self and life in general. As perceptions change and grow, so do people’s lives. The meaning we assign to events and experiences can impact us a little or greatly. Sometimes, we may not even be aware of it. When awareness grows, change can occur. I enjoy seeing people make changes, either small or large, to improve enjoyment in life and relationships. Change does take effort and I believe it is best to start with small changes. As we work together, we will attempt to find solutions that work for you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Starting in graduate school, I focused my education and research on the treatment of trauma and related diagnoses. I became a certified clinical trauma professional (CCTP) to continue my training. As an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, I have continued my education with training on a variety of issues and treatment modalities.
“My approach combines client-centered, cognitive behavioral, trauma-focused, empowerment, and solution-focused counseling.”