“I want people to understand that therapy is not only about fixing a problem but also about embarking on a life journey.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up in a family of strong and empowered women, I knew I wanted to connect with people but I didn't know in what capacity that would occur. In college, I enrolled in a community mental health lecture and the rest is history. I fell in love with working with children and families in graduate school and I went on to receive advanced training in working with children and perinatal women. At the start of my career, my work took me to a state inpatient hospital where I learned a great deal about compassion and the power of connecting with clients. My biggest passion is watching my clients and families make positive changes, which allow them to become the best versions of themselves.
What should someone know about working with you?
I want people to understand that therapy is not only about fixing a problem but also about embarking on a life journey. My therapeutic process focuses on evolving and learning about different parts of yourself and I tailor each client's journey to their needs. Together, we look to enhance parts of yourself and find a balance that allows for growth. I consider myself to be a down-to-earth therapist; I want people to walk into each session with the comfort of knowing they are entering therapy with someone who can empathize with their life experiences and hopefully help them see things from a different perspective.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am forever learning; as providers, I believe we need to constantly introduce ourselves to new techniques and bring those techniques into our sessions. I truly believe it is critical to continue to learn about the ever-evolving approaches to therapy. Learning is important to a multitude of skills and allows us to guide clients towards the best versions of themselves. With every new skill I learn, my love for therapy continues to grow and blossom.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the changing landscape of mental health in today’s world. I believe we need to reduce the stigma of receiving help, especially for new mothers and parents in general. There are numerous challenges parents face on a daily basis and the stigma of receiving mental health services should not be one of them. I strive every day to lessen this stigma and remind moms and dads that help doesn’t mean you're not doing your job as a parent. Another thing I’m excited about is the changing landscape of telemedicine, which has allowed a different view of families and made a lasting impression on my work.
“I consider myself to be a down-to-earth therapist; I want people to walk into each session with the comfort of knowing they are entering therapy with someone who can empathize with their life experiences.”