“I like to think of therapy as a gym for your mind, so you will need to do some work in order to see results.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since I was a young girl, I knew I wanted to help people. Growing up, I witnessed firsthand how mental illness impacts people and their families. This provided me with empathy and an understanding of mental illness from an early age. As I grew, I discovered that I had a desire to give a voice to people who did not have one. This led me to work with people experiencing developmental disabilities. I have worked in group homes for over 18 years and I learned so much about mental health, the world, and myself through my work with this population. There was a point in my life where I suffered from infertility, which led me on a new professional path. After taking a postgraduate course in reproductive counseling, I started to turn my pain into purpose. Through my professional journey, I began to realize that working with people means working with trauma. I began to learn more about trauma-informed techniques. I also started working with people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with me, you should know that I value involving you in the plan for treatment, creating a safe space, and working on goals that you set for yourself. I believe in the importance of homework when applicable. To begin, I will ask if you prefer a 10-minute phone consult, an email consult, an intake form, or a discussion with intake questions at your first session. I will ask you to rate your progress toward goals on a monthly basis so we can measure progress and determine if we need to change your goals or treatment techniques. I enjoy working with clients who are motivated to put the work in. I like to think of therapy as a gym for your mind, so you will need to do some work in order to see results. I am happy to provide you with motivation and support during your workout!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has allowed so many more people to have the opportunity to access mental health care. During the pandemic, I completed a clinical telemental health provider certification. I am very excited to be able to provide more people with mental health support while also being able to work remotely!
“I am happy to provide you with motivation and support during your workout!”