“My approach is strengths-based and individualized and therefore therapy with me can include homework depending on your specific needs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Throughout my training and career, I’ve sought opportunities to support the marginalized and underserved. Working to reduce the stigma of mental illness was and is my goal in my work. My effort in stigma reduction and strengths-based care led me to work with veterans experiencing severe mental illness in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings. After my time working at the medical center, I shifted my focus to supporting young womxn in recovering from trauma, depression, and anxiety. In particular, I help multiracial womxn in identity development and self-discovery. My strengths-based and person-centered approach to care has served well in this shift, helping individuals thrive in their lives. My practice now is focused on helping clients address their mental health struggles, find their voice, and flourish.
What should someone know about working with you?
Working with me is a collaborative process. In the first session, I’ll ask questions about you to get a better sense of where you are now and the direction you would like to go in therapy. Once the information is gathered, I work with you to develop clear and measurable goals that we will revisit over the course of treatment. My approach is strengths-based and individualized and therefore therapy with me can include homework depending on your specific needs. My clients are typically interested in making changes in their lives, moving away from feeling stuck, and wanting a provider who is holistic in their care.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue to grow as a provider through professional training, workshops, consultation groups, and readings. I am currently reading about liberation psychology and working with people who experienced the trauma of war and systemic oppression.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are integrity, growth, authenticity, balance, and trust. My core values inform my approach to therapy in the way I support my clients and how I see the process of therapy unfolding. I believe that therapy requires integrity and trust to allow the person to be their authentic self in session and grow. Through the insight and tools gained in session, the person can carry on in their life in a new and balanced way.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
What I find most exciting is the growing acceptance of mental health care in society. Although stigma is still a problem, it’s clear that the tide is shifting and people are becoming more accepting of the idea of talking about their mental health alongside their physical health concerns. I’m looking forward to a future where mental health is taken just as seriously as physical health.
“My clients are typically interested in making changes in their lives, moving away from feeling stuck, and wanting a provider who is holistic in their care.”