“My style is flexible and that's very important to me; I want all of my clients to know that therapy will be whatever they need it to be on that particular day.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist as a result of attending my own therapy as an adolescent. When my parents divorced, I asked to go to therapy to process the event and my emotions. It was through this experience that I realized I wanted to be a part of helping others process and find their own inner peace. My laidback and passionate personality aims to create the perfect environment for each client so that they may experience the same clinical benefit that I once did.
My personal experience with my family's alcoholism led me to explore and become licensed in substance abuse. While this is considered an area of specialty for me, it is not the only area with which I am familiar. Being in practice for approximately a decade, I also have extensive experience treating things like anxiety, depression, grief, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.
What should someone know about working with you?
I prefer to make the entire therapeutic process as relaxed as possible. The intake process, while simple, consists of a detailed dive into your presenting problem and the goals you would like to set for yourself. From there, sessions are focused not only on your goals and presenting issues but also the day-to-day stress or obstacles that you may be facing.
While I will sometimes give mental assignments, they are not a concrete part of my process or framework. There are, however, some people who prefer to leave each session with a task. In that case, I make sure to tailor an assignment to them.
My style is flexible and that's very important to me; I want all of my clients to know that therapy will be whatever they need it to be on that particular day. My only requirement of my clients is that they are willing to work. I am a firm believer that an individual will only get out of therapy, what they choose to put in.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The world of mental health is constantly evolving. As such, I make it my responsibility to remain up-to-date with the best practices available. While I use my continuing education to do this, I also rely upon colleague consultation. I believe strongly in learning from others and their skills and experiences.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
One of my strongest core values is self-awareness. I believe that it is impossible to help others unless I am aware of my own feelings, biases, and opinions. I strive to not only help my clients achieve their goals but to do so while acknowledging themselves and who they are holistically. I believe self-awareness can provide a grounded sense of true stability and contentment.
“My only requirement of my clients is that they are willing to work.”