“In therapy, I believe that respect for individuals, a strong therapeutic relationship, and genuine compassion and empathy are the keys to success.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In therapy, I believe that respect for individuals, a strong therapeutic relationship, and genuine compassion and empathy are the keys to success. These beliefs were molded when I began my career as a CPS worker. While working in the field for seven years, I made the decision to return to school for my master’s degree in counseling. The purpose of returning to school was to increase my knowledge and skills in working with adults with childhood trauma and undiagnosed mental health issues, which appeared to be a common link in many child abuse cases. In 2012, I began working in community mental health where I was able to provide services to underprivileged and poverty-level populations. In 2017, I transitioned my clinical work to focus on military families. I have continued to specialize in areas of relationships and trauma and I have been trained in DBT and the Gottman Method. I am certified as a trauma and anxiety treatment provider.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with me, the primary focus will be building a positive therapeutic rapport. I will take the first two or three sessions to explore historical information that led to seeking treatment. I will assist you with setting goals and working on learning new skills to accomplish them. Each session will end with a homework assignment that will then be utilized as a starting point during the next session. I will periodically review the goals being worked on and will review strategies that have been implemented to reach those goals in an effort to identify the progress made.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe it is imperative to maintain an up-to-date understanding of treatment approaches and modalities. Each year, I engage in multiple trainings to sharpen skills in my areas of expertise. I am very passionate about marriages and family issues and have been studying the Gottman Method to work with this population. I train in the areas of trauma, anxiety, and depression each year. I currently hold certifications in dialectical behavior therapy, trauma, anxiety, and telehealth through Evergreen Certifications.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
There are several core values that I find to be a signature of what I bring to the therapeutic world. Servant leadership is a key value from my foundation. During my childhood, service to others, the church, and God were pillars of what defined my guardian. I see myself as a service provider and understand the sacred value of holding a person’s trust and most vulnerable thoughts and emotions. Integrity is a close second value and I believe it's a strength to always do the right thing. I believe that doing the right thing and being the first to admit when something has been done wrong shows the caliber of person I am. Finally, the value of respect shapes my practice and I live by the quote, “You are only a stone’s throw away from the person you pass judgment on.” I always treat others with the highest level of respect, never looking down on where someone is and seeking to understand their story.
“I am very passionate about marriages and family issues and have been studying the Gottman Method to work with this population.”