“I believe therapy is an amazing tool that is appropriate for all people to both explore their personal goals and work through difficult life circumstances.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in sociology, I started working at a residential treatment facility for adolescents. Through this experience, I quickly realized that I had a desire to help others in a way I was unable to at the time. I then went back for my master's degree and started working in nonprofit community mental health after graduation. This provided me with exposure to a wide variety of services, populations, and resources. I have held a variety of positions within this field but currently manage an acute mental health program, working in the civil court system with adults with significant mental health diagnoses. I believe therapy is an amazing tool that is appropriate for all people to both explore their personal goals and work through difficult life circumstances. I believe that therapy provides empowerment in order to allow for growth and change.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe therapy is a partnership between all involved and typically use the first session to determine if the relationship is an appropriate fit. I believe strongly that the therapeutic process should extend beyond each individual session and work with my clients to identify agreed-upon homework assignments. I also have a caring but direct approach with my clients, allowing them time to explore their feelings and thoughts without getting or remaining stuck. After developing a rapport, I focus on helping identify goals specific to areas of your life where you want to see change. We then work together to determine the best ways of reaching those goals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I regularly attend continuing education courses, covering a variety of topics including new and advancing therapeutic approaches. I also regularly collaborate with colleagues in order to allow for broader perspectives.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited by the effort to reduce stigma surrounding mental health services. I have worked in the mental health field for over 10 years and can say I have recently seen a significant change in the reduction of stigma overall. I feel passionate that therapy is for all people and believe that with the reduction in stigma, more people will seek out services prior to crisis situations.
“I believe that therapy provides empowerment in order to allow for growth and change.”