“Work outside of therapy is often the most important part of treatment; it allows you to practice skills and build capacity.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Working as a therapist has been my life’s goal and mission. I was drawn to the field because family and friends would often come to me for help and advice, and I seemed to have a natural ability to help others. Not only did I find that others were helped by my assistance, but I found joy and purpose in what I was doing. My love for communication and connection with others has helped shape my practice as a therapist and has helped me form strong therapeutic relationships with my clients. I have worked in psychiatric inpatient, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient settings, school-based programs, and medical hospitals during my career. Working in these diverse environments gave me the opportunity to experience multicultural clientele and a multitude of psychosocial issues, providing lessons that helped to mold me into the therapist I am today. I have been trained in behavioral analysis and cognitive behavioral therapy, which I continue to use as modalities in treatment.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process consists of completing electronic documents in advance of the first session (history form, three short surveys of 11-13 questions each, and releases of information). This is done prior to the first session so that I have information about your history and the challenges and symptoms you have been experiencing. I also would like to understand why you are considering counseling at this time. Homework is assigned, but it is not like the homework from grade school; it is reinforcement from our sessions. Work outside of therapy is often the most important part of treatment; it allows you to practice skills and build capacity. It oftentimes allows clients to see the most progress in treatment. Is it mandatory? No. Is it helpful and beneficial? Absolutely! I enjoy working with individuals, teens, and adults in the areas of anxiety, life transitions, relational issues, work challenges, and parent management issues.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has become my new framework for delivering services fulltime to my clients. I find it interesting that research supports its efficacy in relation to in-office visits, even in spite of the challenges of gaining momentum or getting commercial insurances to cover virtual visits. Telehealth provides consumers with better access, eliminates travel issues, and appears more cost-effective. I am excited about the possibility of making it the norm in mental health and not just a response to a crisis.
“I enjoy working with individuals, teens, and adults in the areas of anxiety, life transitions, relational issues, work challenges, and parent management issues.”