“I look forward to hearing my clients discuss the goals and the progress they’ve made and how they have changed their reactions and behaviors from the past.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since I was a teenager, I’ve wanted to help people feel better. I was a teacher for over 10 years and throughout my time teaching, I saw how children suffering from trauma need support along with their parents. I've engaged in many trainings, including cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-focused therapy. I’ve worked in group homes for children, in a juvenile detention center, and in a mental health clinic with adults and families. I’ve seen how one’s home environment shapes their personality and the choices they make.
What should someone know about working with you?
During my intake process, I want to know what you want to work on, about your past or current situations, and what brought you to therapy. I assign homework at times, including journal writing. I enjoy working with clients who can see that small changes make a difference in improving their mood.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I'm interested in learning more about how to manage unexpected health conditions that affect the moods of individuals. I have a support system of peers in the field and we explore different methods to help our clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Having a master’s in multicultural education has helped me to be sensitive to various cultures
I work with. I grew up in a community with different cultures and traveling to different places has made me aware of the importance of viewing a person as an individual.
What is something that you look forward to hearing from your clients?
I look forward to hearing my clients discuss the goals and the progress they’ve made and how they have changed their reactions and behaviors from the past. I want to hear about their improvements in mood and their utilization of coping skills learned in sessions.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I’ve done research on how trauma affects individuals and their ability to function and maintain interpersonal relationships. I chose these topics because I’ve worked with many clients who have suffered from PTSD and childhood trauma.
“I want to hear about their improvements in mood and their utilization of coping skills learned in sessions.”