“I believe my various experiences in work and life have helped me to join with individuals as we work to navigate their journey.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've always known that I wanted to be a therapist; I am genuinely interested 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, developing and implementing care management programs. In 2013, I felt pulled to realize my dream of becoming a therapist and completed my MS in mental health counseling. I believe my various experiences in work and life 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. Upon scheduling an intake session, I will send you a link to your secure client portal to review my practice forms 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 fine tune 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 of compassion, transparency, and respect are the cornerstone of my practice. . These are not only fundamental to how I practice as a therapist but they are also the foundation of how I live my life. Respect is given to all; respect for our individuality is recognizing what makes us strong, creative, and beautiful. I understand life transitions and believe that in each stage of life, there is beauty.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
As a provider in a rural area I am excited about the growing acceptance of telehealth as a mode of mental health treatment. While I recognize telehealth is not suitable for all, I appreciate that telehealth reduces significant barriers to engaging in treatment. I am also excited about the ongoing research and learning regarding brain health and wellness.
“I enjoy working with individuals who are curious and open to the process of therapy.”