“I hold firmly to the belief that every person deserves to be heard, understood, and recognized for their unique qualities; that wonderful feeling of relief when someone finally understands you, empathizes with you, and just “gets you” is truly incomparable.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would immediately answer, “A psychologist.” I was that one friend who was always an attentive, sympathetic listener and had an intuition when it came to other people. When I went to college, a bachelor’s degree in psychology was the obvious choice for me. I then pursued my master’s degree in social work and was the youngest in my graduating class. Following a short break after having children, I enthusiastically plunged back into the field, working in a clinical setting as a therapist as well as taking on an additional presiding role over other clinicians.
What should someone know about working with you?
I hold firmly to the belief that every person deserves to be heard, understood, and recognized for their unique qualities; that wonderful feeling of relief when someone finally understands you, empathizes with you, and just “gets you” is truly incomparable. I work with adults going through various life transitions, navigating challenging relationships, and managing life stressors. Inside the treatment room, you can always expect unwavering compassion, authenticity, and a pleasant touch of humor from me. I am tirelessly present for my clients and am humbled by the opportunity to travel along in their journey.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am forever growing and humbled by each client’s strength and perseverance. Additionally, I am relentlessly dedicated to my professional growth, continuously learning as much as I can by attending various training and receiving ongoing supervision from experts in the field. I am trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, child-parent psychotherapy, and the Triple-P Parenting program. I have also attended multiple trainings on grief, trauma, and somatic work.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Perhaps the most exciting thing about the fascinating, continually advancing mental health field right now is the popularization of telemental health. Technology has thankfully provided easy access to therapy throughout challenging and unprecedented times and in light of the circumstances, mental health counseling may be more necessary for the world as a whole than it ever was before. When the COVID-19 pandemic started to become a threat and therapy was forced to become virtual overnight, I have to admit that I was a skeptic and resistant to the change; change is difficult for therapists too! I wondered about developing relationships and sharing critical moments of healing and discovery without the benefit of sitting together. However, I quickly discovered the numerous benefits of telehealth; this wonderful phenomenon of virtual therapy can work, does work, and is an exciting new component of the mental health field.
“Inside the treatment room, you can always expect unwavering compassion, authenticity, and a pleasant touch of humor from me.”