“I deeply value the bond I have made with clients and have found that the strength of the therapeutic relationship is based on the client’s ability to trust in my authenticity and passion for supporting them as individuals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Like many, my path has taken many turns. I believe strongly in the great power of psychotherapy, as I have experienced it within my own life journey. Therapy has allowed me to discover my true self, allowed me to heal from past traumas, and allowed me to be present in the moment. I started my career as a case manager helping support individuals living with chronic illnesses and facing struggles with addiction, trauma, isolation, discrimination, family estrangement, homelessness, and loss. I started clinical work by providing individual and group psychotherapy to adults living with chronic and oft-times debilitating medical conditions. I have done work as a therapist as well as a director and clinical supervisor in community mental health clinics. While I have strengths and skills in oversight and community mental health program development, my passion has always been within the therapeutic space where I can provide direct care.
What should someone know about working with you?
I deeply value the bond I have made with clients and have found that the strength of the therapeutic relationship is based on the client’s ability to trust in my authenticity and passion for supporting them as individuals. I strive to be a genuine, empathetic, and passionate therapist. I work with individuals of all gender identities, races, and sexualities with acknowledgment of cultural competence and sensitivity. I am a licensed professional who specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, stress management, issues related to chronic and physical illness, and life transitions. When confronting these challenges, you may feel that your world has been turned upside down. Everyday tasks and responsibilities may seem impossible and the feelings of hopelessness, guilt, and anxiety can be overwhelming. My style of treatment is customized to each person's individual needs.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I find that we are all capable of learning and unlearning. We are able to learn new things that allow us to see the world in a new light, adapt to the environment around us, build strength, and heal. We are able to unlearn the patterns of thinking that have held us captive. I have always had the privilege of not only meeting the requirements of continuing education but of constantly having access to opportunities that allow me to acquire new clinical skills and strengthen existing specialties. I am a certified trauma recovery specialist and have completed postgraduate specialty training in multiple areas. I have not only learned from training and formalized education but from the individuals I have treated. I am open to learning from all experiences and love to learn something new about myself, the world, and others on a daily basis.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe in social justice, equity, and the right of all individuals to actualize their potential. I believe in love for self, others around us, and the earth that we inhabit together.
“I strive to be a genuine, empathetic, and passionate therapist.”