“I focus all of our session time and energy on YOU.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Throughout my life, I have been surrounded by helpers. With a family full of nurses, social workers, and teachers, the value of serving others was always modeled to me. I decided to pursue a career in social work to gain the clinical skills to not only help others but to empower them to take control of their own lives. Since completing my training and working in different areas of mental health, I have been privileged to help others during crisis and heartbreak. I have been particularly drawn to helping those living with trauma and anxiety as well as therapy with women.
What should someone know about working with you?
Relationships between and among people are an important vehicle for change and the success of our therapeutic relationship (why you’ll either improve or fail to improve) depends on that relationship. That’s why I focus all of our session time and energy on YOU. There is a regular dialogue about how you are experiencing the therapy process, what you find helpful, and what I may need to adjust. Going at your own pace, I will help you experience the forward movement you have been seeking. Clients I work with often tell me how much they appreciate my empathy and openness, which are mixed with being knowledgeable and focused. I know how important it is to create a space where you feel comfortable and welcome. I will do everything I can in sessions to create this experience for you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe in using methods to help you that have actually been proven by research to work. It is important to me that I know how to help you. I have earned several certifications, including certified clinical telehealth provider, certified clinical anxiety treatment professional, competency certified, and certification in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and I have taken various training, including those in attachment and self-regulation and those from the Onsite Experiential Training Institute.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Increased access to therapy! There are many reasons life does not easily present time for taking care of ourselves and doing online therapy affords us so much more flexibility. A session can be scheduled on a lunch break at work, when the kids take a nap, or between classes. Through online therapy, you can participate in therapy sessions from the comfort of your own home or any private space where you have access to Wi-Fi and a device. It’s that SIMPLE!
What do you do when you are not doing therapy?
I use my free time to trail run or hike through the trails of Tennessee and Kentucky. I have also taken up photography and am working on getting to the amateur level. I love to travel and explore new places with my family, finding adventure in unexpected locations. Some of my highlights have been going to Alaska’s glaciers, the rocky coast of Oregon, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I enjoy good food and am fortunate to have a spouse who makes some of the best pizza by following Italian chef recipes (I swear I am not biased!).
“There is a regular dialogue about how you are experiencing the therapy process, what you find helpful, and what I may need to adjust.”