“I was drawn to social work as a way to assist clients of all backgrounds and provide a safe space to process feelings, emotions, and experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always wanted to help others adjust to difficult life circumstances. I was drawn to social work as a way to assist clients of all backgrounds and provide a safe space to process feelings, emotions, and experiences. In addition to private practice, I have experience in the hospital environment as a licensed clinical social worker in organ transplantation, palliative care, intensive care units, and general surgery. My experience with chronic critical illness allows me to best understand my client's experience of adjusting to a new set of norms, whether it is the client himself or herself or a loved one facing illness. In addition to my experience in the hospital, I have completed the foundational year at the Ackerman Institute for Couples and Families. This curriculum has allowed me to expand beyond the individual and provide couples and family therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize multiple types of therapies when working with clients. During the intake process, we will explore what brings you to therapy and why you’ve decided to come now. I strive to create sessions that are tailored to the individual client, as a cookie-cutter approach does not work for everyone. I therefore utilize multiple methodologies, which sometimes may include homework. I enjoy working with clients who are willing to openly explore their thoughts and feelings and are encouraged by trying things that they may not be familiar with from previous therapies. Additionally, I enjoy working with those who view therapy as a journey and are willing to allow me to take that journey with them.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a licensed clinical social worker, I strive to continue to educate myself in multiple fields and areas. As a member of both the National Association of Social Workers and the Society of Transplant Social Workers, I continue to increase my knowledge on the impact society has on specialized populations. I participate in continual education classes to increase my knowledge and will continue to do so to better my work with my clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I acknowledge that a client's background and life journey are individual to each person. I know that my social locators may be different from my clients, so I create a space in my practice to identify that my life journey may be different from that of my client. Although we may have different identities, I strive to hear my client’s experience and educate myself additionally in areas I may not fully understand. I believe it is not the responsibility of the client to teach their therapist about their experiences as a member of a culture or group.
“I enjoy working with clients who are willing to openly explore their thoughts and feelings and are encouraged by trying things that they may not be familiar with from previous therapies.”