“I love to collaborate with clients to help them make the changes they want while also practicing empathy and understanding of the difficulty that is associated with this.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I knew I wanted to help people and decided to pursue a career in psychology. I have always been naturally empathetic toward others and able to combine validation and change to help clients achieve the best results in treatment. I have worked in a variety of settings, including multiple inpatient psychiatric units in adolescent, mood disorder, and all female specialties. I have also worked in outpatient mental health clinics, specializing in children and adolescents, and private practice. I am intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy with additional training in DBT for adolescents and radically open DBT. I am also trained in CBT and psychodynamic therapy and I utilize an eclectic approach to best fit my clients' needs in treatment.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy working with clients who are motivated to make positive changes in their lives, but I also understand change is very challenging! I love to collaborate with clients to help them make the changes they want while also practicing empathy and understanding of the difficulty that is associated with this. The intake process will consist of obtaining information on the client’s reason for seeking counseling, their mental health-related issues, and their family history. Sessions are collaborative and I am a big believer in meeting clients where they are. I sometimes assign homework so that clients can practice and apply what we are doing in sessions to everyday life, although the structure of homework varies depending on needs and goals. I enjoy working with adolescents and families as well as young adults/college students and couples. I also enjoy working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, or self-harm/suicidal urges.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in several continuing education courses throughout the year and love learning new things that can help me better treat my clients. I enjoy growing as a provider and participating on a DBT consultation team to maintain responsibility and accountability for my clients. I also practice my own self-care as a clinician. I enjoy collaborating with other providers to ensure I am providing the best possible treatment.
“I enjoy working with adolescents and families as well as young adults/college students and couples.”