“The "fit" between a therapist and client is something I focus heavily on within the first few sessions, as feeling connected is critical to therapeutic outcomes.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've always wanted to help but wasn't sure how I could best go about this. I worked (by chance) at a residential treatment center in rural New Hampshire and it changed my life and gave me focus. After working with teens who were struggling, I wanted to broaden my ability to help others and worked in community mental health as well as outpatient settings with individuals experiencing issues related to substance, ADHD, sexuality/gender expression, and parenting. I received my master’s in social work in 2012 and then decided to continue on to get my doctorate in clinical psychology, as I care deeply about learning new ways to help others. I continue to feel as though my path is to help people through therapy and I find joy in helping to empower people to define and meet their goals as well as work to process difficult thoughts and feelings.
What should someone know about working with you?
During the intake process, I like to get to know the client and make sure that we are a good fit. The "fit" between a therapist and client is something I focus heavily on within the first few sessions, as feeling connected is critical to therapeutic outcomes. Personally, within the treatment relationship, I tend to be more laid back and have had success with clients who have found other therapists too rigid. I genuinely enjoy working with clients from the LGBTQQIAA+ community, those who are struggling with life transitions, and those who have been diagnosed with ADHD (both inattentive and hyperactive presentations).
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values shape everything I do, whether that be in the way I interact with individuals in the community or through those I help reach their goals in my therapy practice. Two of the most important values that I strive to keep at the heart of my work are justice and empowerment. These values have been shaped by my time working in community mental health and as a part of (and a provider for) the LGBTQQIAA+ community. I have consistently made the choice to attend schools that have a social justice focus because I believe looking at most issues from a broader perspective helps us understand our reactions to certain situations and the relationships in which we engage.
“Personally, within the treatment relationship, I tend to be more laid back and have had success with clients who have found other therapists too rigid.”