“I meet my clients where they are in order to best meet their needs”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my journey in an art therapy master’s program. It was there where I learned an in-depth love for art—however, I knew that would not provide me with the necessary skills to work within the arenas I wanted to. I moved on to social work and began working within the criminal justice field, which became a passion of mine as well. It wasn’t until I stepped foot into a hospital that I recognized how much I love social work and all that I can do with it.
What should someone know about working with you?
Intake sessions are very structured—we’ll do a brief history and talk about your background, why you’re coming to therapy now, and set goals. Ongoing sessions are semi-structured or sometimes have no structure—it depends on the client and what will work best in achieving their goals. I meet my clients where they are in order to best meet their needs. When we begin sessions, it will be a nonjudgmental, supportive, motivating, and uplifting experience. At times, there may be a push from me with a homework assignment, if agreed upon, and at other times there may be an in-session exercise—but with everything we do together, the hope is that it will all be helpful in achieving your goals.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Just like people aren’t all the same, treatment shouldn’t be either. I collaborate with professionals in a secure manner to get feedback and enhance my practice. I collaborate with psychiatrists, medical doctors, other therapists, supervisors, nutritionists, professional trainers, and more. It helps my clients because it provides me with different angles and perspectives to view therapy through, and it helps me by allowing me to continue learning.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about telemedicine. I was credentialed in it several years ago, before it was ever a “thing”—and now, with the unfortunate pandemic, it has risen to the surface as something worthy of attention. I think it has always been something people should be utilizing in practice. It makes it easier for clients to connect with a therapist from wherever they are. If people aren’t able to connect, they can’t be afforded the opportunity to get help.
What is your favorite quote?
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.” I love this quote because I think it says a lot in so few words. We can’t work and get through our difficulties without knowing and seeing what we are dealing with. So, too, it’s important, especially within the therapeutic relationship, to talk about all the distressing situations happening so we can work together to handle everything appropriately.
“Just like people aren’t all the same, treatment shouldn’t be either.”