“My absolute priority is to build rapport and trust with you; I am here to provide you with a safe, warm, nonjudgmental, and nurturing space where you can explore yourself.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was born to help people! From a young age, I had natural counseling abilities, including empathy, sensitivity, active listening, acceptance, respect, and understanding. I am proud to say that I was able to hone these skills even more through training and experience. After working as an elementary school teacher, I decided to go back to school and get my master's degree in counseling, which I completed in 2015. It was the best decision, as I truly love the work that I do and feel extremely passionate and grateful to do it. Since finishing grad school, I have worked in several settings, including a hospital. I have helped children, teens, and adults with many different issues. My background has helped build a strong foundation for my counseling skills. I believe a holistic approach to counseling is most effective so I am in the process of becoming a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). I look forward to sharing my training with my clients!
What should someone know about working with you?
My absolute priority is to build rapport and trust with you; I am here to provide you with a safe, warm, nonjudgmental, and nurturing space where you can explore yourself. I will meet you where you are and customize therapy to your needs. We will establish goals together based on what you want to change in your life. This will allow us to see your progress and modify your goals if needed. We can even work together to set smaller goals at the end of each session. This way you have a chance to practice skills you learned that we can discuss during your next session. From my experience, this is extremely helpful, as it can help you to strengthen your skills. I consider myself very down-to-earth and humble so you will feel at ease when talking to me. I have a lot of tools, techniques, and resources that I will teach you. I will also ask for your feedback regarding our sessions, because I care about how you feel and want you to benefit as much as possible from our time together.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love learning and am continuously improving my skills. I do this through supervision, consulting with other professionals, reading, and attending training. Supervision and consultation are essential because they provide me with more insight into myself as well as insight into my clients. This ultimately benefits my clients, which is most important to me. I am interested in learning about treating mental health issues through nutrition, so I am currently completing a training on this that I am very excited about. I am also interested in more training in CBT, mindfulness, grief, and trauma.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the emergence of telehealth services. I started providing virtual therapy in 2019 and have done training and research in this area (the research supports that it's effective). I truly appreciate that more people are open to the idea of help and are benefitting from it. Telehealth is such a convenient therapy modality. It allows people who typically don't have access to mental health services the opportunity to receive help. It saves time, the hassle of driving, and the shame of going to see a therapist. I am hopeful that telehealth will allow more people to access mental health services.
“I consider myself very down-to-earth and humble so you will feel at ease when talking to me.”