“Progress involves not only a reduction in discomfort and symptoms but newfound insight, emotional growth, and maturity.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I discovered the field of social work through my passion for volunteering in my free time and serving my community. I pursued an MSW in my mid-20s and knew instantly I was in the right place with like-minded people. I have always had a knack for empathic, active listening and have been relentless in advocacy and social justice since my training. My clients give feedback that I am able to help them get unstuck and see their problems through a different perspective.
What should someone know about working with you?
I complete a thorough intake of family and personal history with my clients; background information and demographics are relevant to the work and must be kept in perspective. Progress involves not only a reduction in discomfort and symptoms but newfound insight, emotional growth, and maturity. I enjoy working with clients who are seeking and open to analysis and feedback.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Every year, I take at least one new intensive course in continuing education. My focus has been on a relational and interpersonal approach. I also maintain my own individual supervision and peer group supervision to stay educated and unbiased in my work.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have personally and professionally seen mental health struggles wreak havoc on individuals, families, and systems. It has been my goal and purpose in life to alleviate the pain that is caused when individuals are unable to receive mental health treatment. I was always raised with an open mind, but further training has helped me home in on my privilege and bias and I use this knowledge in my work every day.
“I enjoy working with clients who are seeking and open to analysis and feedback.”