“Becoming a therapist was driven by a desire to help people and a curiosity about how the human brain works.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Becoming a therapist was driven by a desire to help people and a curiosity about how the human brain works. Training and research in the fields of addiction, relationships, and trauma helped develop my niche and clinical framework. It was in these settings where I developed a love for working with individuals and couples to overcome trauma and addiction and become the best version of themselves.
What should someone know about working with you?
I conduct a brief phone screening with each client to ensure that we appear to be compatible for the client's desired goals and availability for sessions. Once this match has been achieved, I schedule an intake session that allows for a "fact-finding mission" of sorts to understand what led a client to therapy and to provide them information on my therapeutic process. In this session, we establish initial goals and an initial treatment schedule. These items are reviewed periodically throughout treatment to measure progress and ensure the client's needs are being met. Homework may be assigned but is done so with each individual client's consent and feedback. Since no two clients are the same, frequency of sessions and length of time in therapy will vary from person to person.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend a variety of continuing education courses each year to learn about new techniques and network with other providers. My office is located in a suite with three other practitioners and we often conference cases to ensure that our clients are getting the best possible care.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about telehealth, as it allows me to reach and connect with clients who may be a match for my therapeutic skill set but are unable to see me in person due to geography or transportation issues.
From a research and education standpoint, I am most interested in community mental health response and suicide among first responders. I continue to learn more about these topics and hope to be part of a positive change in these realms.
“Training and research in the fields of addiction, relationships, and trauma helped develop my niche and clinical framework.”