“The most important aspect someone should know in working with me is that I value the therapeutic relationship above all else.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I always knew I was a helper. I wanted to be the change I wished to see in the world and leave the world a better place than it was. I ultimately sought to do that by improving the worlds of the individuals I work with. I am passionate about helping others and am an advocate for change. Through my own healing, I have learned how to manage a variety of challenges and want others to experience the same liberating feeling. With the right resources and the right support, I believe change is possible as long as one wants it to occur. I am dedicated to empowering others to break through self-limiting beliefs to achieve their highest potential, creating a life they desire and deserve. Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of settings (community mental health, school, nonprofit) with children and adults from various backgrounds and life circumstances. I am fortunate enough to be able to follow my dreams and help others create the lives they are worthy of.
What should someone know about working with you?
The most important aspect someone should know in working with me is that I value the therapeutic relationship above all else. I firmly believe it is necessary for a person to feel safe and allow themselves to be vulnerable in order for true healing to occur. The counseling process is different for everyone because each individual is unique and I modify everyone's treatment accordingly. However, I typically conduct an in-depth intake assessment in order to best get to know you, understand what brings you to counseling, and learn what may be causing your presenting problem. At the end of our first session, we will establish goals together that will guide the course of our treatment. Progress looks different for everyone; for some, progress is worrying less and, for others, it may be feeling more confident or being more assertive. We will continue to review your goals, discuss areas of improvement, and at times, I may give you brief assessments or questionnaires to complete.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Aside from my continuing education requirements, I try to attend at least one training or webinar a month. I thoroughly enjoy reading books (therapy and non-therapy) as well as psychology-related articles. I appreciate researching different topics to stay informed and aid my clients in their personal growth and development. Additionally, I am a part of multiple therapist networks, engage in bi-monthly supervision, and seek consultation from peers when necessary.
“I firmly believe it is necessary for a person to feel safe and allow themselves to be vulnerable in order for true healing to occur.”