“I view our work together first and foremost as a partnership. My intake process consists of getting a sense of a client's prior treatment history with an emphasis on whatever the client views as the most pressing need.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a licensed social worker in 2012; since then, I have worked in a variety of settings. I have a strong commitment to social justice and began my career supporting domestic violence survivors at a community non-profit. Through my experience, I have amassed a variety of clinical expertise and gained competency around the areas of substance use, criminal justice involvement, severe mental health issues, workplace issues, and relationship issues. Having worked in both correctional settings and outpatient hospital settings, I find that private practice is a wonderful way to use the clinical skills I’ve gained as it allows me to craft long-term interventions for a highly motivated population. Throughout my career, I have kept a broad and flexible lens in order to meet the needs of all of my clients while also recognizing the appropriate time to hone in on certain issues by employing a specific approach. I have experience in addressing challenging thought patterns and behaviors through providing mindfulness and CBT-based interventions and I like to temper this with "panning out" and taking a narrative-based approach in order to encourage clients to examine their life’s trajectory as a whole.
What should someone know about working with you?
I view our work together first and foremost as a partnership. My intake process consists of getting a sense of a client's prior treatment history with an emphasis on whatever the client views as the most pressing need. I may assign homework if we are employing a mindfulness or CBT-based approach to target specific behaviors or thought patterns and I also enjoy providing various resources for clients to use in between sessions (such as guided meditations and progressive muscle relaxation exercises). I enjoy working with motivated individuals who have a clear sense of what they want out of therapy and are open to the various twists and turns that treatment can take. I am committed to asking clients for feedback in regard to what it is they are seeking from the treatment relationship as a means to ensure that I am meeting their needs; in order for this process to be effective, I believe it must be a two-way street.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am passionate about continuing education! Being a "lifelong learner" is an integral part of my professional life and I always look forward to furthering my growth as a clinician through the many trainings I attend each year.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe strongly in the dignity and worth of the person, as stated in the NASW Code of Ethics. To that end, my number one priority is to treat each human being in my care with the respect they deserve. It is my conviction that mutual respect is the necessary foundation of a strong therapeutic alliance between a provider and a client.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am thrilled that mental health care is becoming more prominently featured in the media, particularly with many celebrities and other high-profile individuals sharing their experiences in therapy with the world. Especially during a crisis, I think it’s vital for all of us to be mindful of the importance of caring for ourselves not only physically but mentally as well.
“I am committed to asking clients for feedback in regard to what it is they are seeking from the treatment relationship as a means to ensure that I am meeting their needs; in order for this process to be effective, I believe it must be a two-way street.”