“I am an individual who appreciates people for who they are and one who empowers my clients to understand that they are unique and offer something special.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have passion to help others and, while helping others, I believe I am a good listener who can give an individual a safe space to be themselves and express who they are. I also find that many people want to be heard and oftentimes they are not given an avenue to vent and share their troubles. My motivation when meeting a client is to first provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere so that they can take that first step of talking through whatever they are facing. I have worked in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and in the homes of clients. I have worked with parents, women, the elderly, children, and veterans. Working with diverse populations has helped me grow as a therapist and allows me to cater to each population’s unique needs. I have specialized training in CBT, motivational interviewing, music therapy, yoga, solution-focused therapy, and play therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is very thorough and not too long. I want to get a good sense of who the client is and what is at hand. Progress for me is when the client is able to freely express whatever is going on in their life, able to process what is happening, and able to function without their challenges getting in the way of day-to-day experiences. I assign homework that my clients may look forward to accomplishing while adding in a slight challenge. I like to work with children, teens, and adults.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I read a lot of professional articles and attend conferences. I also attend seminars within my profession and take trainings to further my knowledge in my field.
What is the most important part of providing therapy to a client?
The most important part of providing therapy is to listen and let the client know that you are nonjudgmental and there to help them through what they are facing.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has expanded and worked for many and I look forward to utilizing this platform to reach and help more people.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I performed research in military sexual trauma. MST is abuse and, as in any form of abuse, there is a huge sense of loss, including loss of self, autonomy, and functioning in day-to-day life. I look to restore a person’s ability to function and assist the client so they can return to their prior self and find resiliency. I offer guidance, active listening, and trust building so clients can move past this feeling of loss and regain their sense of self.
“I have a welcoming and friendly vibe that I hope will make the client want to return and help them feel comfortable during treatment.”