“Together, we work on learning healthy coping skills and a safe way to address your stressors so you can successfully apply them to everyday life and focus on living a healthy and happy life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a very young age I knew that my calling was to help people. It started when I was a teenager and helped my aunt in her doctor’s office while I was checking people in. I remember finding joy in speaking with the patients and listening to their stories while they waited for their appointment. My interest grew as I witnessed family and friends suffer with their own mental health and came to fruition when I enrolled in psychology and found that the mind, emotions and behaviors were fascinating and I wanted to learn more so I could help those in need. I found inspiration in my college mentors and family to pursue a career as a therapist. I have experience in outpatient mental health, substance abuse treatment and most recently in an inpatient psychiatry unit. I have experience working with diverse populations and have a passion for helping others.
What should someone know about working with you?
Mental health is surrounded by such negative stigma. Therapy is often the last resort and I'm happy you're here to work together on those life stressors that negatively impact your everyday life. Getting to know each other is the first step in our therapeutic relationship. During the first session, I get to know who you are and we begin to work together in a safe space to identify the problem(s). We then create a treatment plan and address your goals. Together, we work on learning healthy coping skills and a safe way to address your stressors so you can successfully apply them to everyday life and focus on living a healthy and happy life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Mental health is continuously changing and evolving, just as I am. I believe that we can never learn enough. I continue to learn and grow every day and apply the new skills to my own practice. I am a lifetime student and find that my interests continue to grow through my practice. I also know it takes a village to ensure growth and therefore know that collaborating with providers in other fields and disciplines is essential for your growth.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
We live in a world where mental health is still very stigmatized and taboo. Through experiences and education I have learned that the only way to break the cycle is by demonstrating compassion and empathy, especially to those in need. I am culturally sensitive to the core values of others and their respective beliefs. I also know we're all human and we have the right to feel, experience and learn in our own way. It's because I have seen and experienced love, anger, discrimination, and compassion in different settings and from different individuals that I have learned to be more sensitive to our differences and that which makes us all unique. I hope that your vulnerability will give you the strength to work harder for the happiness you deserve in such a harsh world. The journey won't be easy, but here, you'll find a helping hand to guide you on the adventure.
“It's because I have seen and experienced love, anger, discrimination, and compassion in different settings and from different individuals that I have learned to be more sensitive to our differences and that which makes us all unique.”