“My goal is for each client leaving the office to leave feeling lighter, hopeful, and eager for change on their own terms.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started my career working as a clerk for a superior court judge in the family division. This sparked a desire to get my master’s degree in social work in order to assist the families I saw every day struggling with various issues.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am very down to earth and fun; laughter is the best medicine! I meet clients where they are with no judgment. We move at the pace that feels good for the client. My goal is for each client leaving the office to leave feeling lighter, hopeful, and eager for change on their own terms. The client is the focus with their goals, thoughts, and feelings at the forefront of treatment.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I consistently attend cutting-edge trainings to learn all I can to help my clients.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am the parent of a child with special needs and I am committed to helping families navigate this journey that none of us planned. Children, teens, and adults all need love, acceptance, and support to become the best version of themselves. My core values remind me that regardless of the situation, all people have the capacity for change and the ability to improve their quality of life. I’m honored to be a part of that process.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited to see all of the steps toward inclusion and understanding of various behaviors. It’s also encouraging to see the emerging research that offers more techniques for trauma and behavioral treatment.
What is the most unique client that you see in your practice?
More and more, we are seeing juveniles with sexually inappropriate and abusive behaviors. Many of these youth have comorbid contributors that impact reasoning and judgment. I work with this population to help them understand healthy and appropriate sexuality, which allows them to pursue opportunities for relationships.
“The client is the focus with their goals, thoughts, and feelings at the forefront of treatment.”