“I have a deep compassion for families who are impacted by the pain and chaos of mental illness.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist started with issues related to one of my own children who had behavioral issues. Seeing how he was so quick to be medicated without behavioral interventions did not sit well with me and started my journey to becoming a mental and behavioral health therapist. Having further experienced the effects of mental illness in my extended family, I have a deep compassion for families who are impacted by the pain and chaos of mental illness. Outside of private practice, I have worked in various settings that include homeless shelters, residential treatment facilities, non-profit agencies, substance abuse clinics, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and community agencies providing counseling services. I have training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and am a board-certified telemental health provider.
What should someone know about working with you?
Starting your journey with me will require completion of an intake packet that includes consents and an initial assessment to gather information about your history and current concerns. As my client, you are the expert on you and it is my job to guide and coach you on the path to recovery and growth. I will arm you with the tools needed to combat the stresses that affect all of us at some time in our lives. I believe that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires a strong therapeutic alliance, which is established through honesty, caring, warmth, and openness in a judgment-free zone. I consider myself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and a sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue to educate myself by attending local and national conferences, keeping up with current therapy research, and seeking supervision. Many of my continuing education courses and trainings focus on trauma; depression in men, women and children; anxiety; addictions; and post-traumatic stress.
“As my client, you are the expert on you and it is my job to guide and coach you on the path to recovery and growth.”