“I love working with motivated individuals, usually women aged 25-35, who have suffered some trauma, struggle with anxiety and moderate depression, and want to take control of their lives.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor?
I have a passion for helping people understand their stories and how to learn how to write new endings. I grew up with a sense of always needing to be perfect and do the “right thing” rather than learning to enjoy today and take control of my choices. I believe that everyone has the right to know what it’s like to be seen, heard, and known, regardless of where they’ve come from or where they’re headed. Due to my own struggles with anxiety and depression, I believe in the power of empowering myself and others to take control of their lives, even if the worst happens to them. I’ve primarily worked with individuals who have experienced trauma, anxiety, and depression, and I love helping them understand what has happened to them and what the body is doing while offering tools and strategies to help them cope and overcome. That way, the hardest parts of their stories don’t have to be the biggest parts of their stories.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work hard on adapting each session to each client individually. I’ll give homework if the client asks for it. I’ll provide structure when asked but often let the client lead the session and I help reflect, guide, and hold a mirror to what I’m seeing. I like to tell my clients I’m in the passenger seat while they’re in the driver’s seat, and I’m just along for the ride. I love working with motivated individuals, usually women aged 25-35, who have suffered some trauma, struggle with anxiety and moderate depression, and want to take control of their lives.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Trauma!!! I try to sign up for as much trauma-focused and trauma-informed training as I can. I believe most people have experienced some level of trauma and having the education, understanding, and knowledge of how these experiences impact the body and core beliefs can really be powerful and healing. I love to pass on all the information I gather to my clients and help them feel more informed and more empowered.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My worldview is that each and every person has value and their story matters. I believe that the foundational needs we have as humans are to be seen, known, and heard, which ultimately allow us to feel loved. I believe everyone is the expert of their own lives, and I just have some training and skills, with an outside perspective, that allows clients to explore and make connections in their lives.
“I believe most people have experienced some level of trauma and having the education, understanding, and knowledge of how these experiences impact the body and core beliefs can really be powerful and healing.”