“My personal life experiences have shaped me into the therapist and person I am today; they allow me to have a much deeper level of understanding, empathy, and connection with clients who share similar experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Becoming a therapist has always been a dream of mine. I achieved my master's in marriage and family therapy at Texas Tech University, one of the top MFT programs in the country. Throughout my life, I was raised in and around substance use and addiction. I've struggled with trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, identity development, and codependency/relationship issues. I'm proud to say therapy has been a vital tool to my own recovery and continues to be in my personal life, as I believe we are never finished improving ourselves. My personal life experiences have shaped me into the therapist and person I am today; they allow me to have a much deeper level of understanding, empathy, and connection with clients who share similar experiences. The majority of my postgraduate experiences revolve around addiction treatment and recovery, all types of trauma, grief and loss, general mental health, personality and psychotic disorders, and helping family members of addicted loved ones.
What should someone know about working with you?
I operate with a humanistic, experiential, and emotionally-focused approach, allowing me to view each client as an individual and catering to their unique needs. I have a simple intake process and I prioritize building client-therapist rapport to establish a trusting and safe environment for each person. I empower equality for all populations and marginalized groups, and I practice with a judgment-free, acceptance-for-all policy. I believe therapy is a shared experience between the client and therapist and I encourage honest and open communication about the progress of therapy. I love working with anybody who is willing and motivated to improve their lives!
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Since working with all different types of trauma is one of my passions, I plan to complete level 1 and 2 training for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) through EMDRIA (the "gold" standard for EMDR training). Becoming an EMDR-certified therapist will expand my therapeutic scope and abilities for the high trauma-centered population I work with.
“I empower equality for all populations and marginalized groups, and I practice with a judgment-free, acceptance-for-all policy.”