“I take a collaborative, solution-focused approach to create a warm and open atmosphere where clients feel comfortable sharing their stories and lived experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?
I am passionate about assisting others to set goals, realize their dreams, and tackle any stumbling blocks they may face. I always knew that I wanted to be in a helping profession.
My background is a bit non-traditional in that my first career was in academia as a tenured psychology professor. Working with and advising students was the highlight of that role. Additionally, I am a relationship scientist and have done a great deal of research on relationships and human connection. For many years, I have given workshops, presentations, and interactive lectures on how people can apply relationship science to their everyday lives. I’ve covered topics such as dating, communication, intimacy, and fostering and strengthening our attachment bonds. This work strengthened my desire to pursue a clinical specialty in marriage and family therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take a collaborative, solution-focused approach to create a warm and open atmosphere where clients feel comfortable sharing their stories and lived experiences. I also use psychoeducation and various evidence-based interventions to help my clients reach their full potential. We will work together at a pace that feels comfortable and embark on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
It is so important to stay updated on the research from the field as well as new therapeutic interventions and approaches. As a relationship scientist and coming from an academic background, I am passionate about drawing on a variety of disciplines to provide my clients with psychoeducation and evidence-based treatments. I am an active participant in continuing education courses and workshops, and I give my own lectures and host educational events.
How do your own core values shape your approach to care?
Therapy can be a place for self-exploration, a greater depth of understanding, an avenue to enhance social connections, and a way to set goals and chart a path to achieve them. I value lifelong learning and the power of human connection. As such, the goal of enhancing self-awareness and the desire to learn, grow, and evolve deeply resonate with me.
I also value approaching people from a place of curiosity, empathetic understanding, and the power of validation, all of which are important components of the therapeutic relationship and setting.
If there was one thing you wish people who might be hesitant knew about the therapy experience, what would that be?
Therapy can be a wonderful place for the discovery of yourself, your relationships, your goals, your wishes, and your dreams. This exploration can lead to a greater sense of self-awareness and personal growth. Therapy can be beneficial at any time and provides you with a warm and caring atmosphere where you feel safe to explore and share your thoughts and emotions.
When working with a client, I make sure to always check in and work at a pace that feels comfortable. I also invite open dialogue about the goals of therapy, the modalities used, and the process so that it is a truly collaborative experience.
“We will work together at a pace that feels comfortable and embark on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth.”