“I have training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior parent training, and trauma-focused CBT.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I originally pursued a career in teaching since my passions have always revolved around helping others. I quickly found that my interest changed from helping others learn subjects to learning about themselves. I have worked in a variety of settings, which include schools, group homes, residential treatment centers, and private practice. Each has given me valuable lessons and formed the therapist I am today. They helped me find my niche and create an approach that encourages a safe space for those who need help being vulnerable. I have training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior parent training, and trauma-focused CBT. These trainings have given me tools to help those specifically struggling with anxiety, trauma, parenting skills, and postpartum concerns. Additionally, I’ve started the certification process as an ADHD clinical services provider, as I’ve witnessed the growing need to help those who struggle with ADHD and their families.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach focuses on building a strong relationship with anyone involved in the therapeutic process. My intakes require some paperwork, but our first conversation will focus on creating groundwork for a solid therapeutic foundation. Progress comes in many forms and can be achieved to great lengths when the work is done inside session and after. After all, there are 168 hours in one week; it’s hard to see growth if it’s only practiced for one of those hours!
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
After having my daughter in 2019, I found myself struggling with postpartum anxiety, specifically OCD. Even as a mental health professional, I didn’t know what I was going through, felt alone, and felt as though I was crazy. Once I was able to gain some clarity and work through those emotions, I made it my mission to help others. I offer individual therapy for caregivers who struggle with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Fun fact: These actually rear their ugly heads in the third term of pregnancy and can last up to 12 months postpartum! They do not have to be scary diagnoses and can be managed effectively when educated and spoken about early on!
“These trainings have given me tools to help those specifically struggling with anxiety, trauma, parenting skills, and postpartum concerns.”