“My goal is to create a warm, empathic environment for adolescents and young adults to explore their stressors and their fears.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist because I love hearing personal stories of struggle and success and helping individuals put the pieces together. I became a social worker because of its emphasis on the person within a context; social work ethics and values continue to ground my practice. I have experience working in a variety of settings, including an outpatient mental health clinic and group private practice with a focus on children, adolescents, and families. My goal is to create a warm, empathic environment for adolescents and young adults to explore their stressors and their fears. My training in CBT, ACT, and family therapy informs my approach to help individuals feel more confident and secure in their relationships.
What should someone know about working with you?
I think in terms of systems, both large and small, I consider not just the individual but all of the many external factors that can impact a person’s mood and behaviors. My approach is eclectic and collaborative, and I aim to tailor treatment to the needs of the individual. I work primarily with adolescents and young adults who are struggling with anxiety and relational challenges.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently pursuing advanced training in family therapy and regularly participate in shorter workshops and courses on a variety of modalities and interventions. I prioritize staying informed about evidence-based practices and seek continuing education to help me best serve my clients.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a therapist, I consider not just the individual but the individual within a larger context. This includes not just personal relationships but larger structures of race, class, and culture. Personally and professionally, I have a strong commitment to social justice and antiracist practice, and this is foundational to my work with clients. I continuously work to examine my privilege and personal biases, educate myself on anti-oppressive clinical practices, and practice antiracism in all aspects of my life. I seek continuing education that also emphasizes these values.
“My training in CBT, ACT, and family therapy informs my approach to help individuals feel more confident and secure in their relationships.”