“I offer support and encouragement and help clients identify and reinforce their strengths from the very first interview.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In the early years of my nursing career, I worked in emergency room settings and found the work I did in psych ERs captivating through the many unique ways life difficulties can express themselves in the form of mental illness. The opportunity to be helpful in times of crisis deepened my capacity for compassion. I was inspired to obtain my master’s degree in psychiatry, which allows for a one-on-one therapeutic relationship with my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like to meet the client where they are. After introductions, obtaining demographics, and getting basic health information, I ask the question: "What would you prefer?” I can ask you many questions or you can tell me your concerns and worries. I find that most clients can find their comfort level within those choices. I offer support and encouragement and help clients identify and reinforce their strengths from the very first interview. If possible and appropriate, I try to find the humor in the foibles of being human. I emphasize commonalities rather than differences while acknowledging the uniqueness of each human being. My perspective, while not religious, acknowledges the psychospiritual components of our individual journeys through life. As a nursing professional, I incorporate caring, health education, and if desired and appropriate, medication management.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love learning, so it is not difficult to meet the requirements of 150 hours of CME to renew my board-certification every three years. Online events and in-person conferences where I can network with colleagues help me learn by sharing resources, experiences, and knowledge gained in the therapeutic process. I also participate in supervision groups with other professionals.
“If possible and appropriate, I try to find the humor in the foibles of being human.”