“I use “a little bit of everything” when working with people because each treatment is tailored specifically to you!”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to help people! I originally wanted to be a teacher but, as I got older and learned about social work, I knew that was my life’s calling. I love to inspire people to become the best version of themselves. I have a wide range of experience working with young children to older adults in a variety of settings, including in-home therapy, individual and group therapy, and intensive day-programs. Each setting provided a unique experience; I have worked with people diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to those managing daily life stress and anxiety.
What should someone know about working with you?
The onboarding paperwork may seem a little long or overwhelming, but it’s to make sure that you are well-cared for! I use “a little bit of everything” when working with people because each treatment is tailored specifically to you! I also really enjoy learning different approaches. I’m flexible, caring, and try my best to understand what you’re going through; no two people’s experiences are the same and I am alongside you through your journey. I enjoy working with others who meet me halfway; I do the work with you in sessions and you do the work outside of sessions. When you begin to realize change and progress is made outside of the therapy hour, that’s when the growth really happens!
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I often describe myself as a sponge and I love to learn! Some of my most valuable experiences are working with clients like you who give me the honor, trust, and privilege to glimpse into their most sacred thoughts and feelings. I’m always looking for new ways to help people in creative and innovative manners. As part of maintaining my license to practice, it is required that I take trainings to remain current and I value these trainings because I know that, in turn, they will make me a better therapist and that means better support for you. I’m also not afraid to think outside-the-box on my approach.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I understand how vulnerable it can be to open up to a total stranger. I know that trust is built over time and my priority, no matter what, is to keep you safe. Some days, you may feel more open to exploring deeper, more painful issues; other days, you may just want to keep it a little bit more at the surface level. I am definitely okay with that! I’ve been in therapy before and I know how difficult it can be to open up with some really heavy stuff each week. Of course, my job is to guide you toward your goals for treatment, but I also understand therapy is just one of the many things going on in your life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Honestly, I am so excited that we have shifted the online therapeutic community toward the positive! This provides more access to therapists and allows you to help create a safe space within your own environment. Plus, there is no need to worry about fighting traffic or finding parking! I really hope that you consider the world of online therapy and I am happy to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to allow you to give it a try! I think our world has gone through so much change and adjustment; our mental health NEEDS to be a priority, not only for ourselves but our employers, healthcare providers, and everyone in between.
“I’m flexible, caring, and try my best to understand what you’re going through; no two people’s experiences are the same and I am alongside you through your journey.”