“The individual takes the lead while I support them and provide different ways to look at solving challenges.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Clinical social work is my second career; my first career was as an administrative assistant. I have always been drawn to helping people but the opportunity for my education did not present itself until I was married and had children. As a child, I would help out neighboring families. Once I started a family of my own, I enjoyed facilitating support groups in the community setting. Early in my career, I advocated for people with disabilities who were looking to work and build careers. I supported adults with significant mental health issues and advocated for their wellbeing. Prior to starting a private practice, I worked for an agency that provided therapeutic and social support to individuals diagnosed with autism and I ran several social skill support groups for children and teens. I enjoy treating people with anxiety as I personally identify with its debilitating effects. I have been trained in CBT and DBT.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide a client intake form, do an initial assessment, and we discuss the plan and goals. I use a variety of resources to support the individual or family toward their goals. The individual takes the lead while I support them and provide different ways to look at solving challenges. I often email worksheets and information to provide continued support outside our sessions. I enjoy working with elementary-aged children, teens, families, and individuals who are challenged by anxiety and depression. We are all unique and wonderful and I like supporting others to realize their unique and amazing potential.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I network with a variety of peers who are clinicians but I am lacking in continued learning. In my private practice, I have placed my focus on caring for others rather than continuing to expand my knowledge and training.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am an optimist and feel the world can be an amazing place; people are capable of such growth and compassion. Each person deserves opportunities to explore who they are and accept their challenges and their strengths. We are all in this together! Respect, nurturing, and understanding are paramount to how I practice therapy.
How do I get the most out of therapy?
Be present, be honest, and be open to new possibilities of seeing your challenges in a different light. Be open and candid with your therapist.
“I am an optimist and feel the world can be an amazing place; people are capable of such growth and compassion.”