“Come prepared to share your sense of humor, laugh, cry a little, and, most importantly, learn more about yourself and grow.”
What was your path to becoming a psychologist?
I became a trauma psychologist as I realized early on that compounding stressors are often the root cause of many psychological and physical illnesses. In pursuit of living a balanced and healthy life, I found myself intrigued about the mind, body (particularly the brain-gut axis), and the impact of life experiences on well-being. These separate entities are often more connected than we think. Connecting these dots has allowed me to help others through a holistic and person-centered approach.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a clinician, I strongly value the therapeutic bond and the foundation of this relationship is established as early as our first meeting. Come prepared to share your sense of humor, laugh, cry a little, and, most importantly, learn more about yourself and grow. We will begin with a thorough interview to explore how past and current factors are contributing to any mental and physical distress you may be experiencing. We will use those insights to create a plan with actionable goals so that you are moving toward balance in your health, relationships, and needs. Clients have shared that they appreciate my sense of humor, open communication, and ability to adapt to their pace in therapy.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I cannot stress enough the importance of the mind-body connection in the healing of trauma. In fact, chronic stress and trauma have been found to trigger autoimmune and physical diseases. I have personally seen the complexity of such issues among my own clients, which has inspired me to take on education in PTSD and functional medicine to further learn about the mind-gut axis and its relationship to mental illness. I also find collaborating with other healthcare professionals has benefited my clients as we approach treatment and recommendations as a team.
“Clients have shared that they appreciate my sense of humor, open communication, and ability to adapt to their pace in therapy.”