“I think being authentic and genuine is one of my strongest traits and I often use humor to reduce anxiety and depression in sessions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always known that I wanted to help people and have found that being a social worker has provided me flexibility in how and where I can help. I am passionate about social justice and the fight for equality for all. I have worked in a variety of settings, including residential, outpatient, partial hospitalization, Baker Act situations, and in-home services. I have specialized training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment and adoption, and eating disorder treatment. As a former gymnast and gymnastics coach, I have seen how eating disorders can negatively impact individuals and families and I am dedicated to working to help others find a healthier, more balanced life. I have also seen how trauma can come in a variety of different forms and cause damage in every aspect of an individual's life. I truly love helping people heal from the wounds of their past and build a life worth living.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take a pretty directive approach to treatment and incorporate skills training into every session. I also meet my clients where they are and believe in the importance of self-determination. I think being authentic and genuine is one of my strongest traits and I often use humor to reduce anxiety and depression in sessions. I generally try to teach at least one or more skills in session and emphasize the importance of using these skills daily as part of homework. I also know we are all leading busy lives and sometimes need reminders to use our skills. I really enjoy working with clients from all walks of life who have experienced trauma or struggled with disordered eating.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am very passionate about learning and take every opportunity I can to attend online or live trainings as my schedule permits. I try to attend every trauma and eating disorder training my schedule allows so that I can be up-to-date on the latest evidence-based practices. I am especially excited about working to become a certified eating disorder specialist. I already have almost a year of supervision under my belt and am excited about being fully credentialed, especially since most ED specialists do not take insurance. I am excited about increasing access for clients in need of treatment.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I really love being able to provide teletherapy and how it increases access to those of us living busy lives who might not have the time to drive to an office and sit in a waiting room. I also love being able to provide group therapy to individuals all over the state of Florida and connect those who are struggling with similar issues.
“I generally try to teach at least one or more skills in session and emphasize the importance of using these skills daily as part of homework.”