“As a person who put themselves through college working three jobs after enduring trauma as a child and teen, I can relate to many clients I work with because I have been there, too.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience. I truly enjoy my work with others. As a person who put themselves through college working three jobs after enduring trauma as a child and teen, I can relate to many clients I work with because I have been there, too. I specialize in CBT for anxiety, depression, and perfectionism. By teaching clients tools they can use themselves, they are better able to cope and move forward. I have worked in private practice, K-12, and college settings.
What should someone know about working with you?
There are a few online forms to complete prior to the first session. By writing a treatment plan collaboratively with my client, we create a roadmap for our work together. My sessions can be very structured (usually with CBT) or I can simply lend an empathic ear. Each session and client are unique and I tailor my approach as needed.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about telehealth; it gives clients the access to counseling that is needed. Telehealth is excellent for college students, parents with children at home, busy professionals, those without transportation, and those with medical issues. The process is clearly outlined for clients and easy to follow.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have been published in several books and articles on the topic of counseling members of criminal street gangs. I started my career working with this population and it has grown into a wide clientbase of all types of people.
Is there any issue you do not work with?
Yes, I do not work with substance abuse issues, trauma, or personality disorders, as I do not have expertise in these areas.
“I specialize in CBT for anxiety, depression, and perfectionism.”