“While working with me, you can expect a focus on YOU and your identified concerns or presenting stressors.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My career has solely been focused on children, youth, and families. I am currently a certified school social worker and a licensed clinical social worker. My focus in graduate school was on clinical and mental health care, which provided opportunities for me to work in pediatric psychiatric hospitals, medical hospitals, schools, and juvenile detention facilities. I believe that my down-to-earth personality allows me to be more relatable to our younger generation, especially those who find mental health to be taboo or are new to therapy!
What should someone know about working with you?
While working with me, you can expect a focus on YOU and your identified concerns or presenting stressors. I am very direct with a nurturing style, which is a strategy I find works best with our younger generation. Progress feels like you have accomplished something, whether that be a short-term goal of talking through the hard stuff that day or a long-term goal of working on the concerns that initially brought you to therapy. Each person and concern are different, but I typically use a solution-focused and goal-oriented approach.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I had the opportunity to work during COVID-19, trying to navigate the virtual world. During this time, I utilized telehealth to provide direct services, learning new and innovative ways to build rapport with someone through a computer screen. While this was a difficult challenge initially, I believe the benefits of telehealth allow us to reach so many more people who wouldn't typically be able or willing to access mental health services.
“I am very direct with a nurturing style, which is a strategy I find works best with our younger generation.”