“People find me to be sincere, genuine, a good listener, and empathetic.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I feel like my values and parts of my personality led me here. Ever since I was young, I had friends coming over to me for support. I have been working with kids and teens long before I received my Masters of Social Work in a variety of settings including an outreach program. In this program, I was a mentor for young girls, sleepaway camp counselor, and ran a weekly program and various activities throughout the school year. People find me to be sincere, genuine, a good listener, and empathetic. One of my favorite quotes that echoes with me is: “People start to heal the moment they feel heard.” I feel that empowering people to grow is part of my life’s calling. 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. Currently, in addition to my private practice, I work in public schools and in a clinic, providing therapy. I find my position to be fulfilling and 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 shape my sessions around your needs and goals; I will work with you to find the best working ground and utilize techniques that work best for you. My sessions are flexible. You know you are making progress when you start experiencing a reduction in your life interfering behaviors and feelings. I don’t see change as a quick fix, but as a process. I look forward to supporting you in yours!
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I find that my values as a person mirror what needs to occur in therapy. Some of my core values include integrity, self growth, empathy, being understanding, being non-judgemental, appreciating people’s differences and knowing that everyone has a story. I think this says it all. I utilize my own values when providing therapy as it is an integral part to my clients’ success.
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 as much as we can, and not "just cope." I love that there are so many new 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 will work with you to find the best working ground and utilize techniques that work best for you.”