“It is important to me that you drive the boat; you are the expert on yourself and I am along for the ride.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Becoming a therapist was my first choice for my life's path. I have always loved talking and helping people; it is amazing to get paid to do what I love! I am very easy-going in session; we work on whatever you want to work on. I do not direct but I guide or suggest; take what you want from our sessions and leave the rest. I have worked as an in-home therapist with children and families, with teens at a high school level, and in a private setting with teens and adults. I have taken training related to domestic violence, cyber-stalking, trauma-informed care, and detaching from dangerous personality types. I have also done training on parenting and autism clinics. Additionally, I have been trained in harm reduction and lethality/suicidality. I believe all of my experiences and training have shaped me into a well-rounded, empathetic therapist with the ability to work with anyone open to it!
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with me, we are a team. Together, we will complete the intake process and decide on the goals you want to reach. It is important to me that you drive the boat; you are the expert on yourself and I am along for the ride. We will decide together what progress looks like and what small attainable goals and steps we can take to reach your larger, ultimate outcome. My favorite population to work with is teens, but I am open to anyone who is looking to improve, change, and learn.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am lucky enough to have been in the mental health field in Pinellas County for many years. Because of that, I have developed many positive professional relationships. We all don't have every answer. I work closely with several incredible therapists; we enjoy sharing and teaching each other as well as supporting each other. I am always seeking training on trauma, as every single person has been through something challenging. Trauma is not cookie-cutter and there is no amount or degree it has to rise to in order for it to be considered traumatic. I am a very person-centered therapist; your experiences, your thoughts, and your feelings matter. It is not a competition; it is a collaboration and an opportunity to learn and grow. I seek out any training I can, especially if my clients request it. I research and collaborate with others to bring the most relevant and helpful interventions to my clients. I don't have every answer, but together I promise we will find the answer.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I took training on telehealth many years ago, long before COVID jumped in and made it a necessity within the profession. Telehealth has been an excellent way to stay connected to my clients and continue offering excellent, quality support. I have found things move more quickly on telehealth, which means we can cover more ground in each session. I am open to in-person or telehealth and have extensive experience in both. As the mental health landscape evolves, I look forward to what comes next.
“I am a very person-centered therapist; your experiences, your thoughts, and your feelings matter.”