“I believe that the therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance and change can occur through a corrective, nurturing relationship.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew from early on that I wanted to help others enact change in their lives and feel better. I was drawn to clinical psychology because I felt that it could have the most immediate positive impact. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance and change can occur through a corrective, nurturing relationship. To that end, I am warm, caring, empathic, and nonjudgmental. I have experience working with parents and infants, children, adolescents, and adults in school settings, community clinics, and private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I actively listen to my clients, trying to understand what brought them to therapy and how best to support them. I believe that therapy can be messy and that progress is not necessarily linear. Sometimes, one can feel worse before they ultimately feel the benefits of therapy. I meet them where they are and know when to listen and when to offer insight.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
In order to stay current in the field, I attend continuing education classes throughout the year, read extensively, and listen to podcasts by those who inspire me on a variety of topics. I also participate in multiple peer supervision groups to hear how others work with their clients and continue to grow in my role as a clinician. I am currently interested in mindfulness and relational therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited by the burgeoning practice of telehealth; it enables those with limited opportunities to access therapeutic support in a much more flexible manner. Telehealth increases access to mental health support as clients can often take a lunch break or fit a therapy session into their day without the additional burden of traveling to and from a therapist's office. It also increases access to clinicians since many clients live in remote areas and may have only a few options from which to choose, limiting availability to expertise that deals with a specific problem.
“To that end, I am warm, caring, empathic, and nonjudgmental.”