“I excel in conflict management and restorative resolution.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I initially wanted to focus my career on psychological research, leading me to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology. I switched my focus to social work due to discovering a love of working with others directly, helping them recover from trauma and improve their quality of life. I have training in treating childhood trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, which includes TF-CBT (trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy). I also utilize a variety of other therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy and strengths-based solution-focused therapy, to support clients in effectively addressing personal life challenges. I excel in conflict management and restorative resolution. I have 20 years of experience working in community mental health settings, school social work, child welfare, child and family agencies, community health, and private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process consists of obtaining basic demographic information, family history, and a comprehensive summary of the client's current concerns in order to develop a cogent treatment plan and a positive therapeutic rapport. I provide psychoeducation and an overview of the therapeutic techniques and treatment modalities utilized. I also answer any questions the client may have and inquire as to what works best for them within the therapeutic process. This process may take more than one session but it is important to establishing a healthy therapeutic relationship. I do ask clients to complete homework and tasks outside the therapeutic environment; each homework task is tailored to the individual and specifically formulated to address their issue.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am not a one-size-fits-all type of person; I view the individual within the context of the group and believe every individual has their own experiences, culture, and perspective that shape how they view and interpret the world around them. I ask appropriate questions and gain facts to develop a full picture of a client without judgment or assumptions. I also believe empathy to be an important part of the therapeutic process. Understanding the client's perspective, goals, unique personality style, and preferences while communicating with them appropriately are essential to fostering an honest therapeutic relationship that will positively motivate the client's recovery.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about telehealth due to the accessibility it provides to clients and providers. As a person who suffers from a disability, it was difficult for me to begin a private practice due to the hardship that traveling to a physical office entailed. For others who lead busy professional and personal lives, this might also be a barrier to seeking help. Telehealth provides a convenience that can be tailored to each individual. I am also excited that there is a burgeoning recognition of the necessity of mental health within society; we no longer have to suffer in silence and we can seek help without being considered weak or deficient. The negative stigma regarding mental health has been pervasive within many cultures, especially within communities of color. I am encouraged by the bravery of others to address personal challenges as they strive to heal.
“Understanding the client's perspective, goals, unique personality style, and preferences while communicating with them appropriately are essential to fostering an honest therapeutic relationship that will positively motivate the client's recovery.”