“My practice is focused on helping each of my clients find an understanding of self as well as personal growth.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My experience with inpatient mental health, residential treatment, trauma-intensive treatment, and substance abuse services equips me to provide a comprehensive approach to each client. I am a certified master’s level addiction professional, an internationally-certified alcohol and drug counselor, an imago-trained relationship therapist, and an EMDR-trained therapist. I also offer optional Christian counseling to clients who desire a faith-based approach. Regardless of the problem, I believe that the most important aspect of a positive experience in therapy is finding trust and acceptance in the therapeutic relationship.
What should someone know about working with you?
The therapeutic process seeks to meet goals established by all persons involved, usually revolving around a specific problem or concern. Participating in therapy may include benefits such as the resolution of presenting problems as well as improved intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. The therapeutic process may reduce emotional distress, enhance stress management, and increase one’s ability to cope with problems related to work, family, the personal, the relational, and more. Participating in therapy can lead to a greater understanding of personal goals, relational goals, and values. This can increase relational harmony and lead to greater satisfaction in life. Progress will be assessed on a regular basis and feedback from clients will be elicited to ensure the most effective therapeutic services are provided.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love continuing my education in the areas of conflict resolution and couples therapy. I also regularly expand my understanding of the latest trauma research and evidence-based modalities. I have the privilege of consulting with some of the most experienced and ethical clinicians. My practice is focused on helping each of my clients find an understanding of self as well as personal growth. I believe in the freedom and hope associated with each client giving a voice to their story and owning and embracing all the parts to live an authentic life. My desire is to inspire confidence through the therapeutic relationship, and I find it a privilege to enter into the painful parts of life with my clients. I am passionate about helping my clients rebuild broken relationships, which includes supporting boundary-setting and building self-confidence while striving toward a humble attitude. I value taking an emotion-focused, attachment-based, narrative therapy approach in my clinical work.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values of honesty, integrity, compassion, and acceptance have shaped my practice and my approach. I believe that these values have guided me as a clinician as well as given me a strong foundation to maintain a professional and trustworthy character. I am passionate about providing a nonjudgmental approach in order to provide an authentic, comfortable, and supportive experience in the therapeutic relationship. All are welcome and all will feel accepted and supported.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am thrilled that mental health services are becoming more widely accepted and normalized. I am encouraged that many are finding freedom and healing with professional support. It takes courage to face the ugly emotions that surface in life, and there is such a relief in knowing that this process does not have to be faced alone. Everyone can benefit from therapy.
“I believe in the freedom and hope associated with each client giving a voice to their story and owning and embracing all the parts to live an authentic life.”