“I received specialized training in the application of CBT and ERP treatment and now primarily use that in my outpatient counseling.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path toward becoming a therapist was a long one but throughout its entirety, I truly felt this is what I was meant to do. I've always considered myself to be an observer, wanting to learn about the people around me and make meaningful connections with them while understanding more about who they are. I've struggled with my own mental health issues from a young age and my growing knowledge of the field not only helped myself in my own journey, but it helped me recognize I can give back to others and support them in areas where I knew I could have used support. I have worked in a range of settings, from day programs working with children and adults with disabilities to working with young children with complex backgrounds and home lives to implementing higher levels of care (e.g., IOP and PHP) and treating clients with severe cases of OCD, anxiety, and depression. I received specialized training in the application of CBT and ERP treatment and now primarily use that in my outpatient counseling.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is not just about finding out why you're coming to therapy; I see it as a way to learn about you and a way for you to learn about me. If we're not compatible, our journey is not going to work and that is okay! I often compare finding a good therapist to finding a good pair of jeans; it can take a really long time until you find the right fit! I often assign homework in my work with clients to ensure you're understanding what we cover in session and applying it to your personal life outside of our time together. This way, I know you'll get the most out of treatment. I love working with clients who are ready and willing to put in the work and who recognize that therapy is not an overnight success story. It can present a range of emotions most of us aren't even aware we have and I've seen clients embrace that vulnerable space and commit to their journey despite that discomfort. It's so great to experience that change with them.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I often refer to myself as a psychology nerd; If there's a training, you can count me in! I ensure that I'm always continuing to learn and improve my level of competency within the field, especially within my specialty areas. I stay informed on social media within the OCD community, looking out for trainings, workshops, conferences, and new evidence-based research that may help my clients. I try my best to stay updated on any changes and I like to make positive connections with other clinicians in the community to hear different perspectives and collaborate on the most effective treatment for our clients. It's amazing how our minds work and interesting to hear the differences in our clinical observations. That's such a wonderful part of the mental health field in general: Embracing our differences and using them to better ourselves and the world around us.
“I love working with clients who are ready and willing to put in the work and who recognize that therapy is not an overnight success story.”