“I use evidence-based models to help clients work towards their goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Even as a teenager, I was interested in why people do what they do. It’s fascinating how we deal with the consequences of our behaviors and how we relate to others. I had such a strong interest in human behavior that majoring in psychology as an undergraduate felt exciting. I then earned a master's in social work, as it seemed like the natural next step. Through internships, volunteer work, and licensing, I have worked with individuals with a wide range of diagnosis, survivors of rape, domestic violence, and the geriatric population. I have experience working in a hospital emergency room, assisted living facility, and neighborhood mental health clinics.
What should someone know about working with you?
My style is interactive and goal-oriented. I use evidence-based models to help clients work towards their goals. We’ll focus on overcoming the obstacles that prevent growth and self–awareness, which is necessary to feeling better and improving well-being and quality of life. We’ll explore the six dimensions of wellness and examine relationships and behaviors in an effort to find an appropriate balance. We’ll examine changing negative behaviors and replace them with positive, life-enriching ones. All work is done at the client’s pace. I may offer homework between sessions, which are designed to foster connection, bring about more understanding, and reduce conflict in the areas we are working on.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaborating with other providers is a valuable tool and often necessary. Working with other professionals and hearing their insights allows one the opportunity to enrich their own work and practice, and most important, bring new techniques that may help their clients. I welcome the idea of getting resources from others and working with fellow practitioners, whether from the same discipline or from other disciplines. It is a growth process for all involved.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It’s not always easy to get excited about insurance companies, but their changing attitude around telehealth has me thrilled. It is a welcome change to see virtual therapy gain acceptance. It not only eases the traveling burden of clients, but also allows therapists access to previously inaccessible populations. I’m happy that Medicare now allows telehealth in cities and rural areas, as this is especially beneficial to our senior population. While I previously offered in-home visits, the weather didn’t always cooperate. Now, with telehealth, it doesn’t have to.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
Although I have not done research-based work, I have a published review of “After Suicide Loss: Coping With Your Grief” for the journal “Death Studies.” Reviewing this was very helpful in the grief work that I currently do with my clients, particularly mothers of children who have died by suicide. Examining this book with such a thorough lens brought a deeper awareness to the many levels, twists, turns, pains, and empty vessels of suicide. It allowed me to better understand those who have experienced a loss of this magnitude.
“It is a welcome change to see virtual therapy gain acceptance.”