“I will tailor our work based on what you share with me.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher, a scientist, and the first female president of the United States. As a first-generation college student, it was a challenge to choose a specific career path. I am grateful to the mentors and life experiences that helped show me the way. I found my calling! It is an honor to walk through life’s challenges with people and see them survive and thrive. I love life-long learning opportunities through both ongoing training and by learning from the people I work with.
What should someone know about working with you?
The two most important things for effective therapy are the relationship and YOU. My primary goal is to provide a safe and supportive connection. So, if something is or is not working for you, I want to know. I will tailor our work based on what you share with me. After all, you are your own healer and self-expert while I am your guide. I use evidence-based therapies and progress monitoring to support meeting your goals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently EMDR-trained and plan to pursue EMDR certification. It is such a flexible, and often fast, therapeutic approach that is effective for a wide variety of concerns. I have benefited from EMDR therapy myself. If EMDR is not right for you, that's okay too. I have trained in a wide array of therapies so we can use what's right for you.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I take a culturally-humble and sensitive approach to my practice. This means I pursue ongoing multicultural training, engage in self-reflection, acknowledge systemic inequities, and earn trust. This also means I ask questions to understand and respond to your unique human experiences.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am super excited about virtual counseling! Virtual counseling can expand access to and reduce common barriers to counseling. Benefits can include enhanced privacy, more convenience, better time efficiency, reduced costs, and increased comfort. I have seen clients generalize skills learned in counseling more seamlessly and navigate strong emotions more comfortably in their own space. A device with a camera and headphones are all you need to get started. Not a digital native? No worries, I am happy to walk through the technology anytime.
“After all, you are your own healer and self-expert while I am your guide.”