“After almost 17 years in the field, there is little I have not seen and you should not feel uncomfortable to put it all out there so true healing can begin.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My first true passion has always been the arts, especially photography. While my education in the fine arts led to a BFA, it wasn't enough to pay the bills and so, I became a substitute teacher in an inner-city middle school. I realized that there were so many misguided youths who needed direction, which led me to pursue an MSW degree and spend the first 10 years of my career working with at-risk juvenile offenders. My work in the Department of Youth Services provided in-depth training with DBT therapy. Given my love for the arts, it is only natural that I also became a certified art therapy coach. I eventually rounded out my practice working as a hospital social worker at a medical trauma center in Massachusetts, which allowed me to land as a telehealth provider. I couldn't be any more pleased with this career move!
What should someone know about working with you?
I will meet you where you are. If you are ready to hit the ground running, that is where we will start. If you need to feel around to see if you are ready for therapy, we will begin there. After almost 17 years in the field, there is little I have not seen and you should not feel uncomfortable to put it all out there so true healing can begin. I enjoy working with all types of people, and people with a sense of humor tend to notice that I have one myself. In most cases, work with me is tailored to get you up and running with an improved life, and we will taper off sessions to allow your trial of new skills. With that said, we are done when you feel confident to go a while without therapy with the option to check back in down the road if you need to refresh skills. Most people finish their first session saying, "That went better than I thought it would!" Trust in knowing I want you to be comfortable and will work in ways that allow you to feel free enough to get what you want out of therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The option of telehealth counseling has been a long time coming. I am truly excited that so many people can access help right from their phone or laptop. So much stigma and apprehension has been removed with this new avenue of providing therapy.
What do I do when I'm not doing this?
I am an outdoor enthusiast. You can find me hiking, skiing, kayaking, or hanging out at the beach.
“I enjoy working with all types of people, and people with a sense of humor tend to notice that I have one myself.”