“It is important to me that we develop a therapeutic bond and that you feel the counseling is centered on you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist started after I realized my ability to self-reflect and support others in doing the same. Clients will immediately notice that I'm kind and easy-going. While validating your concerns, I will gently offer different perspectives to support your growth. I develop authentic, therapeutic bonds with clients. My experience covers therapy with children/teens, families, couples, and individuals in counseling centers, psychiatric units, and schools. My broad experience helps me understand the relationship within an individual and between people.
What should someone know about working with you?
My first goal is to make sure you feel heard and understood; I like to summarize what I hear from my clients so they can make adjustments. Then, I provide kind feedback. Even when we are working on changes, I commit to you that I will be empowering and treat you with respect while supporting your growth. It is important to me that we develop a therapeutic bond and that you feel the counseling is centered on you. I encourage feedback so that you feel comfortable with the conversation. We will design the care plan together so that you feel it is customized to suit your needs (and we can always adjust!). I find that using a care plan helps us observe progress. I like assigning homework and simple tasks to experiment between sessions (and then use the sessions to evaluate their effect). I work very well with teens and children as well as with individuals and couples.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that we are all truly good and that we are trying our best with what we know (this is why we should be easy on others and not judge). Sometimes, what we know isn't enough for an individual to feel confident, which leaves room for insecurities, anxieties, and fears. I work with my clients to uncover the underlying beliefs that don't allow them to thrive, replacing those beliefs so that they can feel at ease, motivated, and empowered.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I really enjoy the growing awareness of wellness and the daily acts that allow us to work toward mental health to prevent mental illness. This concept is helpful because when we do make progress, it is important to maintain efforts to uphold that progress since it’s normal to experience times where we don't feel our best. Practicing our positive efforts gives us strength to overcome the difficult days.
“I work with my clients to uncover the underlying beliefs that don't allow them to thrive, replacing those beliefs so that they can feel at ease, motivated, and empowered.”