“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 masters program. It was there that I learned an in-depth love for art. However, I felt it would not provide me the necessary skills to work within the arenas I wanted to. I moved on to social work and was lucky enough to get an in depth look into different areas and see what social workers can do. I worked with domestic violence, criminal justice, hospital/medical, and psychiatric clients, to name a few.
What should someone know about working with you?
Intake sessions are very structured--including brief history and background, backdrop for which you are bringing into session now, and goal-setting. On-going sessions are semi-structured--it depends on the client and what will work best in achieving their goals. I meet my client where they are and work towards meeting their needs. Our sessions will be a non-judgmental, supportive, motivating, and uplifting experience that hopefully will carry you through to our next session where we work together to do it again. There are times I will provide you with some “homework” if it is something agreed upon by myself and you. These will be exercises to help continue the work we do in session. The ultimate goal is to reach the goal in whatever way we can, together, as a team.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I think that just like people are not made up of one thing, so too their treatment should not be either. I collaborate with professionals in a secure manner in order to be provided feedback and enhance my practice. I believe in being able to collaborate with others to help my clients. By collaboration, I am referring to psychiatrists, medical doctors, other therapists, supervisors, nutritionists, professional trainers, etc. It helps my clients because it allows me to see them within their whole environment and gives me different perspectives so that I can continue learning about my client and continue helping them.
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 have been utilizing in practice. It makes it easier for clients to connect with a therapist from wherever they are. Without being able to connect they cannot 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. Your body moves with your eyes which is part of your head, just as we cannot work with our difficulties and get through them without knowing what we are dealing with. So too, it is 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.”