“People find me to be sincere, genuine, a good listener, and empathetic; I am also drawn to diversity.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I love what I do and have stuck to it. Ever since I was young, I had friends coming over to me for support. I have been working with the child/adolescent population long before I received my MSW. People find me to be sincere, genuine, a good listener, and empathetic; I am also drawn to diversity. During my internships, I worked in a juvenile justice day treatment center and with a low-income community doing therapy with a variety of individuals. In addition to my private practice, I work in public schools and in a clinic doing therapy. I find my job to be very rewarding.
What should someone know about working with you?
During intake, I will hear what brings you to therapy and what your goals are moving forward. I will explain how I can assist with the approach that I take. I shape my sessions around your needs and goals; I don't have a structure and will work with you to find the best working ground. If you feel you want homework, I can assign it. If you do not, I don't feel it is necessary, either. My sessions are flexible. You know you are making progress when our agreed upon goals are met.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that there is more and more research on evidence-based interventions coming out about what makes therapy successful. I look to help my clients overcome their challenges and not "just cope" so I love that there are so many techniques all the time. I am constantly gaining more information from my colleagues and — yes! — my clients, too.
“I shape my sessions around your needs and goals; I don't have a structure and will work with you to find the best working ground.”