“I am very grateful to be in the position to help others, and I know that I have already touched many lives and supported many people in the healing process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Being a therapist and helping others is a purpose I discovered after leaving the criminal justice profession. My background in recovery and seeking my own help informed my decision to return to school. I am very grateful to be in the position to help others, and I know that I have already touched many lives and supported many people in the healing process. I have worked in community-based settings, which allows me to understand others from their own perspectives and see people beyond the “walls” of therapy. I have had training in family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing (to name a few).
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with me, the intake process will be like a conversation where the client informs me about the concerns and issues they want addressed. If a client is making progress, they will be the ones to let me know this by telling me what's working. I sometimes assign things for clients to do between sessions, but that often occurs naturally in the change process. I enjoy working with all kinds of clients but particularly enjoy adolescents, young adults, couples, and families.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I seek out continuing education courses through a variety of providers, including my alma mater. I seek to learn more ways to help with trauma symptoms and challenging situations.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have some core values that may help my practice, but I work on seeing the client where they are. I always strive to be open to learning about a person's culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other factors that help them define who they are.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m most excited about continuing to help others and learning how I can continue to reach people who are struggling.
How confident are you that you can help others?
I am very confident I can help others, because my approach is one of acceptance, understanding, empathy, and finding out where the client is.
“I am very confident I can help others, because my approach is one of acceptance, understanding, empathy, and finding out where the client is.”