“I believe that parents always want the best for their children even if they are not at their best all the time.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always worked in some capacity with women and families, from being a case manager in my early career to a licensed clinical social worker now. My journey to becoming a therapist began as a therapist and director in a domestic violence shelter and then working with first-time parents. I believe that parents always want the best for their children even if they are not at their best all the time. It is their intention to work through past issues that draws me to maternal and paternal mental health and parenting.
What should someone know about working with you?
My practice includes a formal intake process. I measure progress by reviewing goals with clients and the increased coping ability of clients. I believe homework can help clients practice skills learned and discussed in session. My practice concentrates on perinatal and postpartum people, their partners, and parents of adolescents.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I enroll in many webinars and training sessions that enhance my interest in maternal mental health as well as my understanding of the treatment of mood disorders.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am intrigued by how telehealth has made mental health more accessible for more people, especially parenting people who can access support from the privacy of their home or office without compromising family time. The pandemic exposed many inequities and opened more innovation to access care.
“It is their intention to work through past issues that draws me to maternal and paternal mental health and parenting.”