“I believe my years in case management, having family members navigate through depressed and anxious feelings and thoughts, and doing my own trauma and grief work have helped me to join with individuals as we work to navigate their journey.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I think I've always known that I wanted to be a therapist; I've always felt a genuine interest in listening to people and have always been truly fascinated by human nature and the grit of our human spirit. The first 16 years of my career were spent working in various nonprofit agencies, providing and developing care management programs. In 2013, I felt pulled to realize my dream of becoming a therapist and returned to college to complete my MS in mental health counseling. I believe my years in case management, having family members navigate through depressed and anxious feelings and thoughts, and doing my own trauma and grief work have helped me to join with individuals as we work to navigate their journey.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer a brief consultation appointment to determine if we would be a good fit. If we schedule an intake session, I will send you consent and my practice paperwork through your secure client portal in my EHR system. I will review this paperwork prior to our first session so we can spend the first few sessions getting to know each other. I may occasionally suggest reading or activities for individuals to explore between sessions. I enjoy working with individuals who are curious and open to the process of therapy.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always seeking additional opportunities to add to my skill set or to finetune my therapy practice. I am a member of the local, state, and national accreditation boards for my licensure. Additionally, I meet monthly with other therapists in my community to enhance my skills, seek peer support, and engage in self-care. As a best practice, I meet monthly with a clinical supervisor to ensure I am maintaining therapeutic balance and perspective.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are the cornerstone of my practice and include compassion, transparency, and respect. These are not only fundamental to how I practice as a therapist but they are also the foundation of how I live my life. I grew up on a farm and the compassion for all life was vital to thriving. Developing the ability to be open and real with myself was needed for working with the livestock and various customers on our farm. Respect is given to all; respect for our individuality is inherent in nature and makes us strong, creative, and beautiful. I understand life transitions and believe that in each stage of life, there is beauty.
“I enjoy working with individuals who are curious and open to the process of therapy.”