“I am very interested in learning about new ways to process and address anything that is a barrier.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Being a therapist is my first career. I have known that I wanted to work in mental health since I was a child and knew that I wanted to be a therapist since my eighth grade career day. I have worked in various settings, including substance abuse facilities, community health organizations, foster homes, private practice, and teletherapy. Being able to work in these environments has helped my perspective of therapy by allowing me to understand that everyone functions from their own understanding of the world based on their personal experiences, and it is my job to help them function well. I have completed trauma-informed care training as well as EMDR training in order to be well-versed in things that can help me help my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process allows us to get familiar with each other as well as acquainted with your goals. These sessions are about you and your desires, so working with me is about what works to get you where you want to be. I do sometimes assign homework but everything that I do is on a client-by-client basis. I enjoy working with anyone who wants to make a change.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly looking for and participating in continuing education efforts that will help address trauma. I am very interested in learning about new ways to process and address anything that is a barrier. I feel that collaborating with other providers keeps everyone sharp and focused on tools that are in the best interest of the client.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values involve my acceptance of everyone for who they are and my willingness and desire to see everyone thrive in their world. Cultural sensitivity has always been paramount to my practice, even back to my days as an intern. Culture is very important; it is personal to each individual and influences much about who we are individually, so it is impossible to ignore.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The expansion of telehealth is exciting to me! I am aware that it is not a new concept, but the fact that it is now accepted as the norm is a beautiful thing to me. I believe it gives therapy the power to reach into different, previously untouched areas and help people access care that was previously viewed as taboo within their community.
“My core values involve my acceptance of everyone for who they are and my willingness and desire to see everyone thrive in their world.”