“I use an integrative approach in therapy, using traditional CBT techniques, motivational interviewing, somatic therapy, breathwork, and mindfulness techniques along with nontraditional healing modalities.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
I am a natural listener and helper. Since I was a teenager, I’ve practiced yoga, engaged in sound healing, and explored other nontraditional energy medicine techniques for my own wellness and healing journey. These nontraditional modalities helped form my foundational values as I moved on to become a counselor. I obtained my undergraduate degree in drug and alcohol recovery counseling in 2009, which allowed me to help others in a more traditional way, using evidence-based cognitive behavioral techniques. I enjoyed counseling so much that I went on to further my education and skill set, obtaining my MSW in 2013. After receiving my MSW and becoming an LCSW, I continued my training in nontraditional healing modalities, becoming a reiki master practitioner and a 200-hour yoga teacher.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our first meeting will be an intake session where I gather information about what brought you to therapy and obtain your medical, mental health, and family histories. We’ll talk about what you want to get out of therapy and we can then decide, together, if I am a good match for you as a therapist. I take a holistic approach to wellness and consider all factors, looking at the whole person — body, mind, and spirit — within their environment. I believe that you are the expert on yourself and I am here to guide you. I use an integrative approach in therapy, using traditional CBT techniques, motivational interviewing, somatic therapy, breathwork, and mindfulness techniques along with nontraditional healing modalities. I tailor treatment to each individual and check in frequently to see what is helpful and what is not.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend workshops and trainings, complete CEUs, read books, listen to podcasts from leaders and experts in the field, and keep up-to-date with the latest research on integrative mental health.
How do your own core values shape your approach to care?
My life experiences have fostered a mindset that allows me to approach care with unconditional positive regard, empathy, respect, curiosity, and a nonjudgmental attitude.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about telehealth and so happy that it has removed barriers to receiving mental health care for so many people.
“My life experiences have fostered a mindset that allows me to approach care with unconditional positive regard, empathy, respect, curiosity, and a nonjudgmental attitude.”