“I have a deep understanding of how emotional and academic challenges can affect an individual's self-perception and hope.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As an adolescent and young adult, I was presented with many obstacles that I had to overcome personally. These challenges inspired me to search for answers to regain my happiness and find my purpose. During this journey, I began my studies in psychology and social services. I began my career working in both a residential and an outpatient setting with youth and adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Over the past 14 years, I have dedicated my career to working with at-risk students and their families in an alternative school setting. I have a deep understanding of how emotional and academic challenges can affect an individual's self-perception and hope. I also have a great passion for helping individuals who struggle with anxiety discover ways to channel their energy and regain control over their lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am hoping to invite you into a warm and supportive space where we can begin to build a trusting relationship. During our initial meetings, I will spend time building rapport and understanding what brings you to therapy along with what goals you would like to set for yourself during our time together. We will only be spending a very short amount of time together each week, so I will encourage you to reflect, journal, make art, utilize relaxation techniques, and use other forms of self-expression in your time away from session but this is optional, of course. I am a certified clinical trauma professional and I utilize this lens to offer insight and understanding as to how behavioral patterns connect with your experiences. I believe that establishing a strong therapeutic connection that is built on compassion, warmth, and trust is the key to successful self-discovery and growth in therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited that telehealth has widened the access to therapy for so many people who are too busy or too uncomfortable to seek help in person. I am also incredibly grateful that the stigma that has been attached to our mental wellbeing for so long is breaking down and that mental health is being normalized.
“I also have a great passion for helping individuals who struggle with anxiety discover ways to channel their energy and regain control over their lives.”