“I assist clients in changing their thought patterns in order to change their outcomes.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a former educator, my concerns have always lied with the social-emotional wellbeing of others. I want to provide strategies to help individuals, families, and couples cope with the stressors that come their way. I have taken training in play therapy to assist younger children and youth who may have difficulty verbalizing their feelings. I have also earned certifications in cognitive behavioral therapy, which empowers me to empower others. I assist clients in changing their thought patterns in order to change their outcomes.
What should someone know about working with you?
In order for clients to feel comfortable, I tell them a bit about myself and then ask them about what they want to get out of therapy. I review confidentiality, cancelation policies, and all the paperwork details most clients find boring. Ongoing sessions are based on the goals and the personality of the client. If the client is guarded, I may do more of the talking and ask questions in an attempt to make them feel more comfortable. At the end of each session, we review weekly goals and homework is often given to help solidify what we learned in session.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I believe in utilizing an integrative team whenever possible. I often work with psychiatrists, schools, neurologists, and other therapists to create a cohesive treatment plan for our mutual clients.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy is a personal journey; it takes time and the right provider to make it successful. I encourage you to ask a lot of questions and remain open-minded; even if you have your doubts, give it a chance! Therapy provides you with a neutral person who listens and guides you on your journey to become your best self.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that our society is becoming more comfortable with the idea of seeking help. Telehealth has opened doors and provided access to mental health services for people who once went without. Many cultures are embracing therapy and I am excited to continue to learn and work with individuals of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
“Therapy provides you with a neutral person who listens and guides you on your journey to become your best self.”