“My goal is to make you as comfortable as possible so that you can get the most out of your time with me.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been involved in the helping fields. Whether in ministry or social service positions, my passion has always been about being of service to others. I started my career working in social services with adults with developmental disabilities. I have also worked in the youth/children's ministry. I completed my graduate internship with a local hospice organization. In private practice work, I have helped many overcome trauma. I have been a certified family mediator and do regular work with the court system on a variety of cases.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a laid back person who will still ask the difficult questions when needed. I give homework so that you can test out ideas and methods to change your life. I look for feedback so I can alter my approach to best meet your needs. My intake process is not difficult. My goal is to make you as comfortable as possible so that you can get the most out of your time with me.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always in the middle of at least three books at a time. Podcasts are a great source of information for me as well. I am a member of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, which requires yearly training. I am always interested in collaborating with other providers. Anything that helps the people I support do better is important to me.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core principle with everyone I come across is to treat them with the utmost respect. My Christian faith plays a big role in my practice; some clients want that to be a part of therapy while others do not and either way is okay with me. I often try to tie life experiences into therapy as a means of helping clients gain a different perspective.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Increased access to mental health care is going to hopefully mean more people receive the help they need. Trauma and behavior change research is always fascinating for me to read.
“My Christian faith plays a big role in my practice; some clients want that to be a part of therapy while others do not and either way is okay with me.”