“Progress to me looks like a change in perspective and better understanding your story.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Working in mental health started when I took a part-time job in a treatment facility, working with at-risk adolescents in the juvenile justice system. I knew this was my calling and I stayed for 12 years. I transitioned through many different roles within the facility, including assistant director, and then went on to become a therapist. I found it rewarding to see change in individuals happen in front of me and to know that I was a part of the process of assisting them in making positive changes within their lives. I knew that this was what I wanted to do forever. This pushed me to venture out on my own, as I learn through the process of helping others.
What should someone know about working with you?
First and foremost, your story is important and when you can openly share, that is where the first stages of change begin. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. Progress to me looks like a change in perspective and better understanding your story. Once you are able to understand, you are able to take steps to move forward.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I most definitely enjoy telehealth, as it provides an opening and convenience into the therapeutic process. Someone who may have been skeptical before may give it a chance. Mindfulness is another important topic for me in the therapeutic process and I’m learning more about its incorporation in growth and self-healing.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I am learning more about mindfulness and grounding techniques. I find these techniques to be very helpful and calming.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I most enjoy hearing each person’s story and perspective and incorporating these into their treatment.
“Once you are able to understand, you are able to take steps to move forward.”