“I was drawn to the profession of social work by my concern for others and my interest in social justice.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was drawn to the profession of social work by my concern for others and my interest in social justice. Since I was very young, I've always felt a great deal of empathy for and interest in other people. I've worked in the field of mental health my entire career; I started working in the public mental health system with both children and adults and have focused on private practice for the past 15 years.
What should someone know about working with you?
The first session involves a detailed history, and goals and objectives for the work are established in partnership with clients. The treatment approach is tailored to each client's individual needs. I enjoy working with adults and children.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a college professor so I have to conduct research on my own. I publish regularly in professional journals and take continuing education to maintain my license. My research interests focus on the mental health recovery model of practice, which underscores decreasing stigma against those who suffer from mental health challenges. The approach also focuses on partnership and empowerment.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am firmly committed to social justice and my values keep me focused on and attuned to the way the various "isms" in our society create trauma and suffering. I was raised to be spiritual and that in turn has made me sensitive to the ways that our world is broken and causes pain and trauma.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have worked in mental health my entire career and have seen the way the public system of care can take away hope for recovery. I've also seen how our society stigmatizes those with mental health challenges. This has informed my passion for my academic research related to the mental health recovery model of care and the consumer recovery movement.
What do you believe in?
I believe that there is a loving force that gives us life and that we all have the freewill to choose to make this world a better place.
“I was raised to be spiritual and that in turn has made me sensitive to the ways that our world is broken and causes pain and trauma.”