“I strive to provide a safe and serene space to explore ideas and behaviors, to gather thoughts, to find time to breathe, and to be heard by an empathetic and caring ear.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
We need a safe space to find our center in order for any of us to leave the past in the past, learn from our mistakes, move forward, and make decisions from a healthy mindset. I strive to provide a safe and serene space to explore ideas and behaviors, to gather thoughts, to find time to breathe, and to be heard by an empathetic and caring ear.
What should someone know about working with you?
I understand the feelings of shame, guilt, and disappointment and how it feels when you get stuck in these feelings. Compassion and understanding are two of my core values when working with a client. The journey to emotional growth and insight can be challenging but within that challenge lies reward and learning experiences. There will be some homework and reading material in between sessions. I hope to join you on your journey!
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers, which keeps me well informed and educated about being a provider. I count on a group of colleagues who constantly support, challenge, and educate me. In addition, like so many other clinicians, I attend conferences, webinars, workshops, and book readings. I am always looking for opportunities to grow and develop as a therapist and a person.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My approach to therapy is that we can always learn from ourselves, our environment, and our experiences in order to create the life we would like to enjoy. While I believe we all possess insight, we are harsh with ourselves when in distress, which creates tension and avoidance within ourselves. Only when we show up and muster up courage to look at ourselves with some compassion can we grow, shine brighter, and feel lighter.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited that the mental health landscape is evolving and exploring the brain and how to change it. I believe that we can change when given the opportunity to practice a different way. We can think, feel, and respond to ourselves, our environment, and other individuals differently.
“I understand the feelings of shame, guilt, and disappointment and how it feels when you get stuck in these feelings.”