“During our first session, we will identify what you would like to see change in your life and work together to identify how you would like to go about making those changes.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist has been long; this is my third career and the most rewarding one I have had. My professional career started in information technology (IT), where I filled many roles. My favorite was in management, especially helping mentor people new to the industry and helping companies see the bigger picture of what their technology infrastructure could do for them. After many years, my career transitioned to holistic health and I became a licensed massage therapist who specialized in therapies that helped support those with traumatic pasts and chronic conditions. In addition, I taught massage therapy for seven years. After seeing the needs of students (many from disadvantaged or traumatic backgrounds), I chose to return to school to become a therapist. Since graduating, I have worked in substance use treatment, hospice, and medical social work, including acute care and oncology. I eventually started a private practice and feel like it is the right place to be of service.
What should someone know about working with you?
The therapeutic relationship is of great importance to me and this starts by having a short consultation prior to starting therapy to evaluate if we are a good fit for one another. During our first session, we will identify what you would like to see change in your life and work together to identify how you would like to go about making those changes. When we meet for therapy, my goal is to first understand what has changed since the last time we met to address any immediate needs. Then we will move onto your goals. Each session will have differences; therapy is most often not linear and we will adjust to where you are.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It is exciting to see the expansion of technology in mental health. There’s a range of apps for smartphones and social media-savvy therapists who are getting messages out about mental health that we have not seen in the past. The adoption of telehealth and teletherapy has made it possible for us to support clients we would not have been able to support in the past. All of this is helping to get mental health into the mainstream of the country.
“Each session will have differences; therapy is most often not linear and we will adjust to where you are.”