“I believe it is important for individuals to make valuable connections.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began with my experience in human services. I believe it is important for individuals to make valuable connections. Life circumstances, difficult transitions, and trauma can have an impact on those connections. However, having the guidance and support of a therapeutic alliance to navigate through these challenges can change the outcome.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our first two sessions are the opportunity for me to learn about the reason you are seeking a therapist and discover if we can work together toward your goals. We’ll also discuss the frequency of sessions and your expectations of the length of time you need to achieve the desired outcome. I will share expectations of the practice as well.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I pursue formal and informal training for professional development and to enhance my ability to provide quality care to my clients. I attend a monthly peer group and semi-annual clinical training. I am trained in trauma-focused, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral therapies.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I strive to be a therapist who acknowledges, respects, and values diversity; I am culturally-responsive and competent. I have had the privilege of forming therapeutic relationships with clients from diverse backgrounds. This experience has widened my perspective and my understanding that being culturally-responsive helps meet the needs of my clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The medical field is acknowledging that poor mental health can have a significant impact on health outcomes. Integrative care continues to evolve and is a standard of good clinical practice.
“I strive to be a therapist who acknowledges, respects, and values diversity; I am culturally-responsive and competent.”