“I support and encourage clients to explore their emotions, pay attention to their physical reactions, listen to their inner narrative, and identify their goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I went for my MSW while working in human resources. My earlier experiences in psychotherapy instilled in me an interest in human growth and development. In my first job as a social worker, I felt at a loss when a client needed help coping with the death of a loved one. That experience led me to explore the field of death and dying and I began to attend seminars and training in this area. For many years now, I have worked as a bereavement counselor at a large, metropolitan hospice program. I learned a great deal about grief and the traumatic and multiple ways it can impact one's life. I found the work both important and meaningful but I knew there was more to learn so I entered a clinical training program at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy and completed the training in March 2020.
What should someone know about working with you?
In my role as a therapist, I treat each of my clients with compassion and respect and want to ensure that they feel welcomed and safe as we work together in a collaborative manner. I believe that building a trusting therapeutic relationship is key to a client’s growth and will ask clients for their feedback. I support and encourage clients to explore their emotions, pay attention to their physical reactions, listen to their inner narrative, and identify their goals. I welcome clients of all backgrounds and feel that it is an honor to be given the opportunity to accompany someone through a process that can open them up to new and exciting ways of being in the world.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
My initial step was to complete the four-year training program at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in March 2020; I am now considering taking a training program in mindfulness- based stress reduction. I recently made arrangements with my supervisor at Gestalt Associates to engage in regular supervision sessions and would be open to participating in a peer support group at some point. Over the years, I have taken various one-day seminars on various topics, including the treatment of anxiety and working with clients of different racial backgrounds. I recognize that there is much to learn and I look forward to continuing to learn about the many new developments in the field of mental health.
“I welcome clients of all backgrounds and feel that it is an honor to be given the opportunity to accompany someone through a process that can open them up to new and exciting ways of being in the world.”