“I believe that you are the expert of your own life and capable of making any changes necessary to experience true relief from any inner struggle or pain while achieving a higher level of life satisfaction.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had a passion for working and helping individuals enhance their personal functioning and my experience has been in accordance with that passion. Before I was a therapist, I was an inner-city public school teacher, but I felt compelled to leave the world of education to explore a path of mental health. Prior to private practice, I worked extensively within an outpatient addiction and mental health facility, assessing and treating those who were struggling with substance abuse as well as co-occurring mental health diagnoses. I believe that all of my experiences, both professional and personal, have guided me on my path and helped me in my work with others.
What should someone know about working with you?
Finding the right therapist can feel frustrating. However, once the right fit has been found, the power of that relationship can be life-changing. I believe that you are the expert of your own life and capable of making any changes necessary to experience true relief from any inner struggle or pain while achieving a higher level of life satisfaction. My job is to create a safe and supportive space where we can collaborate on identifying goals and needs specific to you and help you navigate the path to happiness and bring about transformation and opportunity. The first session will be a consultation and we will both have the chance to get to know one another; you get the opportunity to explore if this feels like a good fit and I get to assess whether I feel I can provide the level of care being sought. Throughout our work together, we will maintain an open dialogue on what progress looks like and how sessions are feeling to ensure you are getting the care you need.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always looking to grow, learn, and move forward in the counseling field. In order for this to happen, I have made a point to prioritize frequent continuing education so that I continue to feel fresh and inspired in my work as well as equipped with any new information that is being researched, published, and discussed so as to best ensure I am able to meet each client’s needs. I also collaborate frequently with fellow mental health professionals as well as seek my own supervision to explore, challenge, and hone my therapeutic approaches and interventions.
“My job is to create a safe and supportive space where we can collaborate on identifying goals and needs specific to you and help you navigate the path to happiness and bring about transformation and opportunity.”