“I focus my practice on using people's skills and strengths as building blocks for continued growth.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since I was young, I knew I wanted to serve others. The environment I grew up in showed me the importance of helping others and the difference it makes in their lives. Often, not having anyone with whom to process situations and life's pressure will exacerbate the distress we feel. Through the years, I learned firsthand the importance of boundaries, support, and self-care. I discovered the profession of social work in college. It was relieving to realize I could use my passion for empowering and serving others in such a positive way. I worked in medical and mental health settings with various age groups and an array of issues (e.g., depression, trauma, anxiety, life transitions, work stressors, relationships, chronic medical issues, etc.). I developed insight into people’s resiliency, capabilities, and abilities. I focus my practice on using people's skills and strengths as building blocks for continued growth.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process begins by building comfort and trust in the therapeutic relationship. I like my clients to understand that they control the direction of therapy and with their participation, I use client-centered approaches and evidence-based therapeutic practices to alter nonproductive thoughts, change the narrative, obtain personal and/or professional goals, and improve overall wellbeing.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values can be seen in my practice through the concepts of open-mindedness, compassion, and positive interaction. I have seen and directly dealt with obstacles in my life created by unfair judgment. Therefore, I work to ensure a comfortable, confidential, nonjudgmental, empathetic, and respectful environment to help clients reach personal growth.
“My core values can be seen in my practice through the concepts of open-mindedness, compassion, and positive interaction.”