“I value authenticity and I encourage all of my clients to embrace the beauty and the flaws that come with being human.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My personal experience has taught me that change can be stressful and uncomfortable and that there are some things in life that we do not have control over. My belief that people are resilient and can navigate through the hard times in life with support is what drew me to my area of focus. It has also deepened my passion for the counseling process. I have worked in several settings, such as hospitals, mental health agencies, and substance abuse clinics, which has helped shape my practice by enhancing my ability to understand my clients’ needs in regard to progress in treatment. I am also trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, which has enhanced my ability to recognize symptoms of trauma and understand how they may impact a client and act as an obstacle that keeps them from moving forward.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process begins with a free 15-minute phone consultation. If the client thinks that I am a good fit and wants to go forward with the counseling process, an intake is scheduled. During the intake, clients receive a packet that includes a questionnaire, GAD-7, PHQ-9, consent forms, and a PTSD checklist to assess for trauma. Progress occurs when the client becomes self-aware and utilizes skills taught in session. Progress is reviewed every three months and consists of re-administering all assessments that were given at the beginning of treatment. I assign homework depending on the client. Some interventions and activities are conducted in session. I like working with adult clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, and interpersonal conflict.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
In order to continue my professional development, I stay current on advancements and research in the field. I also attend webinars specific to trauma. I am interested in learning more about working with couples and what interventions are used. I would like to attend a Gottman conference in the future. Collaboration with other providers benefits my clients because it helps me to continue to learn and grow as a professional. I believe that providers who have more experience than me can be assets and personal parts of my professional development.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I value authenticity and I encourage all of my clients to embrace the beauty and the flaws that come with being human.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have done previous research on trauma and resiliency, which informs my practice by allowing me to understand that once an individual changes their beliefs about the trauma, healing can begin.
“I have done previous research on trauma and resiliency, which informs my practice by allowing me to understand that once an individual changes their beliefs about the trauma, healing can begin.”