“I try to live by the principles I teach clients; a healthy therapist is a healthy helper.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew with confidence that I wanted my career to be in the counseling field. I have thoroughly enjoyed every step of my path through the variety of areas I've worked, from Baker Act-receiving facilities, substance abuse agencies, and the juvenile justice system to the US Department of Defense, group practice, and private practice. I truly believe this is my calling. I try to live by the principles I teach clients; a healthy therapist is a healthy helper.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take pride in offering a streamlined and easy way to connect, and I am a paperless organization. By simply going to my website, new and existing clients can see my complete availability and book appointments online, electronically sign all forms, send and receive secure messages, and gain a clear understanding of what to expect from the counseling experience. I offer both in-office and telehealth services. My onsite office is located in an office park with plenty of parking and easy access. It is tastefully decorated with clean lines and soft tones to promote a relaxed atmosphere. I work with adults, adolescents, and couples and specialize in anxiety disorders, depression, sleep issues, marital issues, communication in relationships, grief and loss, and postpartum depression and anxiety.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have a strong belief in equality and the absence of judgment because you NEVER know someone's story. We are our best storytellers and the best one can do is LISTEN to that story without judgment or bias. You can't know why someone does what they do so judging is fruitless. I truly believe that most people are trying their best most of the time. Every one of us is worthy and valuable and our feelings are important.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The intense impact of the global pandemic led to sweeping changes at breakneck speed in the mental health profession with the necessary push toward telehealth. Telehealth was in its relative infancy and now it’s central to the delivery of outpatient mental health treatment. At a time when the population's mental health problems worsened due to the pandemic, the profession pivoted to answer the call. I was in awe of my colleagues and myself as we learned how to counsel virtually without any previous training or experience while dealing with the pandemic ourselves in our personal lives. This impact will stretch far into the future and I'm excited to see what we can learn in order to enhance how we service the population.
“I have a strong belief in equality and the absence of judgment because you NEVER know someone's story.”