“I believe rapport, knowledge, and a little bit of humor go a long way; I utilize a conversational and fluid perspective rather than a rigid structuring in my work.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Throughout my life, I found myself wanting to support survivors of traumatic experiences. I received my degree from the University of South Florida in 2013 and began work as a domestic violence family advocate to serve as a voice for survivors of violence in both civil and family court. In late 2015, I transitioned into working with survivors of sexual violence as an advocate. I realized that while advocates do amazing and difficult work, I wanted to help individuals heal and process their trauma. I was encouraged by all those around me to return to school and pursue a degree in clinical social work at Florida State University. I feel my work as an advocate gave me invaluable knowledge and understanding that continues to serve both myself and my clients in session.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe rapport, knowledge, and a little bit of humor go a long way; I utilize a conversational and fluid perspective rather than a rigid structuring in my work. I believe in an authentic, straightforward approach and encourage clients to take an active role in determining our path together.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that mental illness is not scary and should not be seen as something terrible that we should be ashamed of. I think our mind and body does what it needs to do to protect us, and sometimes we need a little help to alter and improve the coping skills developed out of necessity. This is especially true in dissociative disorders, which is my specialty and the area where I work the hardest to change damaging and inaccurate depictions of those living with dissociative disorders as dangerous or unpredictable. I believe we can develop tools and techniques to help those with mental illness live functioning and fulfilling lives while helping friends and family gain an understanding of the effects of trauma on the mind and body.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that mental health is being seen as valuable. I am excited that people are more willing to utilize therapy to address stressors that may have been previously seen as something to just muscle through. I love that we are learning that you do not have to hit rock bottom to ask for help. We can all use extra tools and perspectives and taking charge of your mental health is something to be proud of and open about.
“I believe in an authentic, straightforward approach and encourage clients to take an active role in determining our path together.”