“I can describe myself as an empathetic, honest, and compassionate person who thoroughly enjoys assisting individuals in their personal journeys of growth.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had a passion for assisting individuals and relate that to observing my mother and grandmother consistently lending a helping hand to those in need. I can describe myself as an empathetic, honest, and compassionate person who thoroughly enjoys assisting individuals in their personal journeys of growth. I have experience working with families and adults dealing with life stressors and trauma and it has been a privilege to assist clients in achieving their personal goals. I strive to be a nonjudgmental ally for any and all clients who find themselves seeking therapy and working toward achieving their personal goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy is a complex dynamic that unravels various topics that may be uncomfortable and challenging to face but doing so provides relief leading to healing and entering a new phase in your life. My approach is considered eclectic in addressing the specific needs of each client, which can greatly differ. It’s important to build a therapeutic alliance, which simply means building a relationship and dynamic consisting of trust, empathy, honesty, and understanding inside a safe place to be your true self freely and openly with no judgments. Developing appropriate coping skills to manage emotions, life stressors, and problems is key within my sessions. Oftentimes, we build maladaptive coping skills due to modeled behavior, life experiences, or simply for survival so challenging them may seem impossible, but I am here to say it is not. Disrupting those maladaptive skills will require patience with yourself but having support in therapy makes the process obtainable and manageable.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I truly believe that knowledge is power; in order to ensure I am providing my best to each client, I must continue to expand my knowledge through training and sharing that knowledge with my clients when appropriate.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My humble upbringing and experiences led to my desire and passion for helping those in need. Growing up with a variety of struggles and limited access to services allows me to be personable with many of my clients. I often find myself attempting to separate my personal core values from my professional core values but there isn't much difference in the sense of being passionate, driven, empathetic, and wanting to provide everyone a fair chance of what they would identify and describe as a “good life”. Being mindful and sensitive of a client’s upbringing and experiences is crucial in my practice to understanding and planning their journey of personal growth.
“It’s important to build a therapeutic alliance, which simply means building a relationship and dynamic consisting of trust, empathy, honesty, and understanding inside a safe place to be your true self freely and openly with no judgments.”