“I encourage clients to speak openly about what they value most and what they want to achieve through therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My former career as a hairstylist helped me develop a conversational style of therapy that helps clients feel at ease and supported without judgment. In my clinical experience, I have worked with clients who have felt marginalized due to their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, criminal justice involvement, or experience in the foster care system. To better meet the needs of my clients, I have trained in mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and functional family therapy. I have found that working with clients from diverse backgrounds has helped me to better understand the unique challenges each of us face and to empathize with clients whose culture or upbringing may be very different from my own. I approach each client with an openness to learn what values and beliefs hold the most personal importance and strive to approach each session with respect and compassion.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy working with adults and families and I believe in helping clients discover and utilize the tools they need to continue the work outside of sessions and sustain lasting results. As Carl Rogers said, “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” I encourage clients to speak openly about what they value most and what they want to achieve through therapy. I strive to make the process a collaborative experience where clients feel empowered to transform their lives and maintain positive change.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe an important part of providing effective therapy is staying updated on new research in the field and attending trainings in evidence-based treatment. I also participate in peer supervision groups where therapists share ideas and different perspectives to increase our clinical expertise. I continue to search for new resources that I can share with clients to support them in their journey and I regularly ask clients for feedback to ensure they are feeling heard and supported.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
With the increase of telehealth services, it is now possible to provide quality mental health treatment to individuals who do not have access through insurance and who were not previously able to afford the cost of therapy. I believe psychotherapy should be accessible to everyone regardless of income level, and I am happy to provide a sliding scale option for clients who can not afford treatment otherwise. Mental health should not be a luxury; I believe it is an integral part of each person’s overall wellness and I look forward to continued innovation that allows providers to meet the needs of more clients.
“I strive to make the process a collaborative experience where clients feel empowered to transform their lives and maintain positive change.”