“Homework is a large part of my therapeutic process, as it helps the client identify pieces of themselves that they may not otherwise have looked at.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my second career. Previous to counseling, I worked in business and human resources. During my time in HR, I worked closely with staff and clients in both personal and employment areas. This is what drew me to focus on the area of mental health counseling. People would describe me as outgoing, funny, intelligent, kind, and service-oriented. My work settings include both inpatient and outpatient mental health as well as both inpatient and outpatient substance use treatment. I started my counseling journey in the inpatient mental health environment and have found it to be the most worthwhile experience of my career. I have training in CBT-SP, DBT, MI, SFBT, domestic violence, and gender-confirming treatment.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process consists of gathering information surrounding the client's demographics, what they are primarily dealing with, and any residual issues that may be occurring. Progress is determined by a collaborative look at the client's feelings toward their therapy and an overall look at the work that has already been done. Goals will be reviewed and either continued or finalized. Homework is a large part of my therapeutic process, as it helps the client identify pieces of themselves that they may not otherwise have looked at.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe that we stop growing at the point when we stop learning. I am constantly looking for trainings in the areas where I am well established (including SFBT, CBT, DBT, leadership, LGBTQ, domestic violence, veterans affairs, crisis intervention, and substance use) as well as areas where I would like to learn more (gambling, physical issues/disorders, and medication and side effects). I am also always interested in learning more about any issue my client is facing.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was brought up in a very diverse community that taught me acceptance, diversity, and the ability to live together in harmony. Growing up as a Latina/German was difficult when the Latina community discriminated against me for not speaking the language. Because of these experiences, cultural sensitivity is a very important part of my life, and I look to give others dignity and respect within their cultures.
“I believe that we stop growing at the point when we stop learning.”