“When we are going through changes in life, the hardest thing is to smile and show up.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started my career as a home health aide and slowly began to climb. My focus has always been on helping others be their best selves. I have about 25 years in the medical field and psychiatry is a love of mine! Physical health and mental health have to work in sync; when there is an imbalance, there is trouble! As a youth, I made many mistakes and realized that the right amount of guidance, coupled with love and understanding, can calm the fiercest being. I have taken that theory with me throughout my journey! I am a mother, wife, grandmother, and employee, so I am able to understand life as well as the realities of life. I can say that none of us are immune to life or the changes that are associated with it (whether positive or negative). I have worked in a variety of settings, including the ER, crisis stabilization units, inpatient, and outpatient.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am working for you and you are the team lead! I like my clients to catch the ball and hit that home run! I do assign homework and put the ball in your court. I believe change is individual, but it’s unrealistic to believe that healing will take place tomorrow. We go according to your abilities, meeting you where you are and working from there. I love working with clients who want to help themselves and ones searching for better versions of themselves. Progress to me is a smile and being able to meet your basic needs.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am very family-oriented and believe that a family should stick together, start together, and work together to improve and keep building. I also value communication and not only letting my voice be heard but listening and hearing what others say and empathizing with what they feel. I believe in education and that we have to learn every day to continually improve. I also value congruence and I am authentic to my true self and my goal is to remain that way always; what I am on the inside will definitely match what I am bringing to the table on the outside. I value a trusting relationship as well and value the relationship between my clients and myself. I strive to be trustworthy, allowing my clients to express themselves authentically and freely without judgment. I believe service offers a sense of fulfillment; I will share my talents, abilities, and experiences in a way that is beneficial to the lives of my clients and I will contribute to the community by helping those who would otherwise not be able to afford care. Another value is perseverance; I believe in not giving up!!!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited that there is an avenue for all to get treatment! The virtual platform allows people to make and keep their appointments. I’m excited that people are recognizing that mental health is important! It’s not as taboo as it has been in the past.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have completed research on individuals dealing with borderline personality disorder, a disorder that can be stigmatized. I’ve found many options, techniques, and assignments that are helping those impacted have brighter futures and hope.
Why would I want to work with you?
I will give you my best; my goal is to help you transform both physically and mentally, turning that frown into a smile. When we are going through changes in life, the hardest thing is to smile and show up. My goal is to change that; as a team, we will work to transform you into a butterfly.
“My goal is to change that; as a team, we will work to transform you into a butterfly.”