“Building strength within the client is very important to me and translates in my practice.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew I wanted to become a therapist from a very young age. I acknowledged everyone had a story and needed help from time to time to navigate their way through those stories. I have worked primarily with adults my whole career, specifically those with dual diagnoses. Working in a variety of settings, both while getting my degree and after receiving my degree, has helped me better understand what I need to do as a therapist to really hear what the client needs. Building strength within the client is very important to me and translates in my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal for every client is to feel heard and have their needs met. I offer an integrated approach to hit the individual needs of my clients and specifically utilize CBT and motivational interviewing approaches in my sessions. I also value strengths-based and client-centered approaches. At the end of each session, I like to assign homework to help the client have something to think about until the next session. Some examples of homework include writing in a journal, going for walks, or practicing meditation for at least five minutes a day.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that seeking help for mental health is becoming less stigmatized and more celebrated. In the past, people were ashamed or thought of themselves as weak for seeing a therapist, but now it is seen more as a strength. I am also excited about the options for therapy (in-person, telehealth, groups, etc.) growing to fit the needs of each individual.
“I offer an integrated approach to hit the individual needs of my clients and specifically utilize CBT and motivational interviewing approaches in my sessions.”