“I find it rewarding to bring both my professional training and life experiences together to tackle various issues from multiple angles.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my work in the human services field over two decades ago, starting out as a case manager before I enrolled in graduate school to become a mental health counselor. Since entering the workforce during my teen years, I have always been drawn to helping people, no matter what job I happened to have. I am a highly compassionate person and I work hard to help people manage various mental health and life stressors. I have worked in community agencies, colleges, addiction clinics, county jails, and private practice settings. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I love running my private practice and integrating my creativity into sessions. I find it rewarding to bring both my professional training and life experiences together to tackle various issues from multiple angles.
What should someone know about working with you?
In our first session or two, we will complete a detailed assessment together so that I can gather as much information as I can to better understand life from your perspective. I like to try to feel what it is like to be you so that I can walk with you through the process of therapy. Once I get a feel for who you are, I tailor my approach to be most effective for your needs. Sometimes we may talk about your childhood while other times, we focus more on current life events and stressors. Sometimes, I will make you laugh but other times may feel heavy and tears may fall. Either way, I will be by your side throughout our journey together. I do not enjoy assigning homework, but I do like to teach coping techniques and highly recommend practicing them outside of session.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
One of my favorite activities to do outside of session is to attend professional conferences and trainings. I love going to the annual conference that the American Counseling Association holds every year. I get to attend so many trainings over a three-day period and feel that this helps me to be a more well-rounded therapist. I like to learn new techniques to use in sessions and have found all of my mindfulness trainings to be some of my most favorite continuing education courses. In addition to the yearly conference, I also enjoy local trainings throughout the year, especially when the focus is on an area that I am not familiar with. I also enjoy monthly peer supervision with colleagues where we exchange ideas and techniques with each other that we find to be effective in our practices.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I strongly believe in showing compassion and kindness so that I can be part of positive change in this world. I believe that the world can be a scary, sad, and ugly place at times and I try to be a light in the darkness. I am not judgmental, as I have felt the sting of judgment myself and would not want others to feel how awful that has felt to me. As a white, heterosexual, cisgender female, I have made it my mission to continue to educate myself and grow in areas that I cannot always completely relate to or fully understand. I love to empower those who feel powerless and uplift those without hope.
“I love to empower those who feel powerless and uplift those without hope.”