“I just want to get to know you, connect with you, and pull on my experience and treatment modalities to make this the best experience for you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always knew that I was supposed to do something where I helped people. I chose my college because I received a soccer scholarship, but it did not have the initial major I wanted. I decided to study psychology and was so lucky to have the professors I did. It felt like another language that I was fluent in immediately. I always want to understand more and believe that everything is grey; there are very few things that are ultimate truths. I have worked at a group home, an inpatient facility, a residential facility, and private practice. I worked with teenage survivors of human trafficking for six years, so I tend to default to a trauma lens. I am also trained in EMDR, DBT, and TF-CBT. I just want to get to know you, connect with you, and pull on my experience and treatment modalities to make this the best experience for you.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is laid-back, and I very much want to make sure that we are a good match. You need to feel comfortable, which is most important to me. I think that, every now and then, homework is very helpful but most of my homework involves trying different approaches and being mindful of your behaviors the rest of the week. I enjoy working with a variety of people, but women between the ages of 18-50, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people who want to utilize EMDR are usually best-suited for my style.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was lucky enough to study cultural competency during graduate school. It really got me questioning what I thought I knew as a teenager and young adult. Through my personal and professional life, I have been blessed in working with minorities in the areas of race, gender, sexual identity, and more. I recognize my privilege as a cisgender white female, and I do what I can to understand to the best of my ability. It's not about me, and I need to do my best to understand your experience.
“but women between the ages of 18-50, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people who want to utilize EMDR are usually best-suited for my style.”