“I believe in allowing people a safe space to explore their thoughts and feelings without fear of being judged.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My undergraduate studies were in the field of education. While I was teaching, I felt limited by state standards and testing but found my true passion in helping seemingly "troubled" children in the classroom work through their emotional issues. I have always been told I am a very caring, warm, and nonjudgmental person, which has really helped me in my path to becoming a therapist. I decided to pursue mental health counseling in my graduate studies. I have worked with young adults and adults in a variety of community mental health settings, many with co-occurring substance use disorders, to assist them in addressing negative thoughts and behaviors that prevent them from making the changes in their lives they want to see. I have continued my postgraduate training in CBT, REBT, and DBT skills development. I also have experience working with clients with complex trauma, which I believe has led to me being a well-rounded, eclectic therapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe in allowing people a safe space to explore their thoughts and feelings without fear of being judged. I enjoy working specifically with young adults who are transitioning to a more adult role and need some additional support in managing depression and anxiety as they begin to fulfill that role.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I enjoy attending training and reading books on topics of interest, especially those pertaining to anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and substance use. I am interested in continued learning of evidence-based treatment strategies for these issues.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe in meeting people where they are; as such, I do not push for change but gently help my clients to identify patterns of thoughts and behavior that keep them stuck. I believe in empowering my clients.
“I enjoy working specifically with young adults who are transitioning to a more adult role and need some additional support in managing depression and anxiety as they begin to fulfill that role.”