“Psychology isn’t just my area of focus or a field of study; it’s my passion. I love everything to do with the human mind.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Psychology isn’t just my area of focus or a field of study; it’s my passion. I love everything to do with the human mind. I’m fascinated by memories, processes, and why the nervous system is so nervous. During childhood, magic, illusion, and science fiction kept me going, but the brain is even more captivating. I find psychology to be a never-ending path of scholarship, and it didn't stop when I received my degree. After completing my Master’s in School Psychology, I earned one in mental health counseling, too. Aside from talk therapy, I do psychological testing that evaluates IQ, cognitive impairment, adaptive functioning, and screens for autism. Meditation and mindfulness are in my toolbox as well, and I'll pull them out when indicated.
What should someone know about working with you?
I consider my practice to be eclectic and tailor all sessions to the client as needed. I tend to not be as rigid or regimented as some of my colleagues, and I don’t feel one way is right or wrong. A relaxed atmosphere often makes for a more productive session, unless, of course, the client needs or prefers specific direction or a regimented style. Over the years, I’ve learned to adapt to various modalities and incorporate many skills and techniques. As a practitioner in the healing arts, my personality is calm, patient, and understanding. If you’re looking for someone who truly cares and is invested in your emotional growth, you’ve come to the right place.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I’ve worked with a multidisciplinary team of professionals for quite some time. In my most recent position, I assisted individuals with varying levels of intellectual disability. My team consisted of a psychologist, dietitian, assistant director, psychiatrist, nurse, speech therapist, residence manager, and physical therapist. Many of us met weekly, but we also collaborated more regularly through email. I really enjoyed and benefited from this interaction as it helped me increase my skills. I wrote several integrated summaries that included specific details pertaining to other fields. Regardless of my work setting, collaboration helped inform my practice as I devised relevant treatment options and interventions.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Trying anything new is difficult at first. My goal is to not only help you succeed in treatment in the long run, but also make you feel comfortable right from the start. My temperament is calm and patient and I have many tools that you can choose from. In general, I would encourage you to give therapy a shot and start out slow. You might begin your search by asking yourself a few questions: What are you looking for in therapy? If you were in therapy in the past, what did you work on? What are some things that you might want to explore with a therapist in order to feel most comfortable? And always feel free to ask any other questions that arise.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Some practitioners have used teletherapy in their practice for years. For others, it was the type of approach that seemed intriguing but never really took off. Due to COVID–19, many of us were thrust into the virtual therapy world before we even knew about HIPAA-compliant software and computer-based experiences. My practice previously consisted of a hands-on component with children in the areas of sandtray therapy, drawing, miniatures, and games, but I’ve learned to adapt and incorporate many of these options behind the screen. Talk therapy continues as it did for adolescents and adults, albeit with a headset and a virtual platform. I think it’s exciting to see this transition. I don’t view this change as a burden but rather an opportunity for therapists to use their skills to the fullest.
“If you’re looking for someone who truly cares and is invested in your emotional growth, you’ve come to the right place.”