“I believe that every person I counsel deserves to be treated with unconditional acceptance so they are able to grow emotionally.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Helping people is extremely rewarding to me. I was inspired by a counselor who had a profound effect on my life when I was in my teens. Because of that, the goal has always been to counsel others and help make changes in their lives. The best experience in my life has been being a parent and having a life partner. That has motivated me more to guide others on their path to self-discovery and peace. I have worked in substance abuse settings, virtual therapy, and play therapy. I believe that every person I counsel deserves to be treated with unconditional acceptance so they are able to grow emotionally. I have heard that people are at their greatest state of learning when they are empathetic. I believe this to be true and I find that I am able to learn quickly about clients and be at my best when I am counseling them. The training that has worked best for me involves the areas of CBT therapy, play therapy, solution-focused therapy, and behavioral therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is pretty clear and straightforward. I measure progress through interviewing clients and asking them to rate their feelings on a 1-10 scale. I assign homework, work with all different types of clients, and really love people. I like children, adolescents, and adults.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have attended many in-person classes but have also found that there are a lot of videos regarding counseling available on the web that can be helpful if you have a very busy schedule. I have had training in human trafficking, substance abuse, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I would like to learn more about EMDR therapy, as it looks interesting.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have always been interested in helping others. I went to a school that focused on helping the poor and showing compassion to others. My father taught me a lot about the importance of listening to people and how to consider many ways to approach an issue. I have seen people suffer from mental health issues my whole life and think counseling is a wonderful way to help ease their emotional pain. It is important to listen to people from other cultures and listen to what they share with you from their cultural background. Asking them questions is a respectful way of showing interest and learning about their culture. This will help a therapist to be sensitive and tailor counseling toward each person’s needs in a culturally-sensitive manner.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth really opens the doors for many people who don't have much time or are not able to get to office appointments. It has helped so many people feel more comfortable about reaching out for help. It is convenient for others who are extremely busy outside of work, as they may use their lunch break to work with a therapist.
What do you enjoy most about counseling?
I like hearing feedback that clients are feeling better as a result of seeing me in therapy. The greatest thing I like about counseling is being compassionate and guiding people in a different direction, one where they become motivated to enter a new phase of personal growth.
“The greatest thing I like about counseling is being compassionate and guiding people in a different direction, one where they become motivated to enter a new phase of personal growth.”