“Two of my most vital core values surround the importance of listening and the ability to be self-aware.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After my undergraduate studies, I accepted an opportunity to work as a counselor in a group home for teenage girls. It was through this experience that I learned the importance of building a strong therapeutic alliance and meeting my clients where they are. After earning my MSW, the agency I was working for opened a sister program for young women who aged out of foster care or ended up homeless. This opportunity allowed me to work with individuals who suffered from the effects of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, severed relationships, and difficult life transitions. I have completed specialized training on trauma (TF-CBT, the Sanctuary Model, and the Nurtured Heart Approach) and earned certifications in mindfulness. I believe it is important to weave Eastern and Western modalities together in order to promote healing and awareness of our thoughts and emotions.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is to create a space that is relaxed, supportive, and nurturing. The intake process consists of a detailed dive into the presenting problem and the development of goals that are appropriate and cultivate positive steps forward. My sessions are not only focused on the presenting problem but also on what is happening during the course of day-to-day life. I believe it is important for clients to view a presenting problem with an open curiosity and to take notes between sessions in order to achieve a greater understanding. This is not a rigid homework session but an opportunity to understand patterns, thoughts, and emotions more clearly.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Two of my most vital core values surround the importance of listening and the ability to be self-aware. There is no greater gift than to truly listen to another person and be a witness to their story. I believe self-awareness is crucial because it allows me to understand my place, my feelings, my biases, and what I am bringing to our sessions. These core values have helped me facilitate healing over the course of my journey and have shaped my approach to therapy.
“There is no greater gift than to truly listen to another person and be a witness to their story.”