“I believe strongly in equality and advocacy, especially for populations who have historically been marginalized.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was focused on becoming a therapist right out of college and set my sights on graduate school. I have an introspective and empathetic personality, and I connected with the mental health field while interning at an acute inpatient psychiatric hospital. Once I completed my MSW, I worked in a variety of clinical leadership roles throughout community and inpatient settings and provided a great deal of crisis intervention to many different populations. I very much enjoyed the blending of clinical and administrative leadership and now am transitioning to private practice where my sole focus is on care and connection with clients. I have significant hospital experience and am a certified case manager, which allows me to help clients meet their wellness and mental health goals. I am a lifelong learner who thrives on education, and I am currently training in behavioral therapy techniques to assist children and adults with tics and other disorders.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with new clients, I take a complete history and focus on goals and hopes for therapy. I tailor my interventions to individual client needs and comfort levels and that often can involve homework assignments to focus on outside of sessions. I check in regularly with my clients to assess progress toward goals and update any new areas of focus. I really enjoy working with clients motivated to work toward their goals and who are interested in learning about themselves and new techniques to help them cope.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a person who thrives on input — I love knowledge and love to apply things I have learned. I am continually learning about therapy, especially evidence-based interventions like cognitive behavioral therapy. I routinely take courses to remain up-to-date on clinical diagnoses and new interventions coming to the forefront of clinical work. I like to remain connected to other therapists and learn from their suggestions and experiences. I belong to professional organizations that can supply that connection and information. I am currently focusing on expanding my training in Comprehensive Behavioral Interventions for Tics (CBIT), an evidence based practice shown to improve Tics associated with Tourette’s and Tic disorders.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am someone shaped by my own personal and professional experiences. I believe strongly in equality and advocacy, especially for populations who have historically been marginalized. I embrace people as they are and aim to provide safe spaces for them to learn and grow without fear, shame, or judgment.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I believe telehealth is changing mental health care. It allows therapy practice with ANYONE, even those who are homebound or in low-access areas. For someone like me, who spent a good portion of their career faced with the challenge of lack-of-care availability for those in need, it is professionally very satisfying to see how things are changing. I am thrilled to be part of this movement.
“I embrace people as they are and aim to provide safe spaces for them to learn and grow without fear, shame, or judgment.”