“In my most recent employment, community mental health, I developed a desire to assist those who have PTSD or trauma in their history.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have worked in the area of human services for most of my career in varying capacities. I decided to get my MSW later in life and consequently became a licensed clinician, which fulfilled a longtime dream. I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with various populations. In my most recent employment, community mental health, I developed a desire to assist those who have PTSD or trauma in their history. I went forward and received more training to become certified in this area.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe in a client-driven approach to therapy where you are making the decisions based on my input and guidance. When you first contact me, we discuss your needs and the telephone consult or email connection provides you an opportunity to decide if my practice is a good fit. The first session consists of a biopsychosocial assessment where I can gather information from many aspects of your life and establish some goals for treatment. We then discuss and plan the intervention together. I often ask clients to practice, outside of session, skills discussed or learned in session. Toward the end of each session, I solicit your feedback to address any changes you would like to see. This is an opportunity for you to assess your progress. I enjoy working with clients who are willing to work for the changes they seek while I provide skills and a compassionate, understanding response.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited about the many changes that have occurred in the understanding of mental health. There are many evidence-based approaches to treatment today, which brings social work closer to the realm of science. The discoveries around the brain and its functions are fascinating and it’s fascinating to learn how neurotransmitters are impacted through changes in thoughts, thus making cognitive behavioral approaches significant in addressing such ailments as depression and anxiety. While pursuing further education on the effects of trauma on the brain, I learned how the body is deeply impacted by trauma and how healing can occur within the body. I am excited to learn more about trauma and the growing and changing research as there continues to be so many advances in treatment. I’m excited to gain training in EMDR as this is an area that has shown tremendous effectiveness in the treatment of PTSD as well as depression.
“I went forward and received more training to become certified in this area.”