“I strongly believe in customer care; when someone reaches out to me I make an effort to respond in a timely manner and to set up a free consultation.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I initially planned to pursue a career in law but decided early on in college that I was more interested in understanding family dynamics and human behavior. I changed majors to social work and began working in an after school program with kids who had social and emotional challenges. That experience, along with my internship work, solidified that I wanted to become a professional social worker. I got my master’s degree with a special concentration in children and families while also working in a community mental health clinic. Throughout my career, I have worked in a hospital and community-based residential treatment centers; I’ve also taught graduate school and now run my own business. These experiences have qualified me to work with people on a wide range of issues.
What should someone know about working with you?
I strongly believe in customer care; when someone reaches out to me I make an effort to respond in a timely manner and to set up a free consultation. I like to make sure that their needs are in line with my training and experience and that it seems like we will be a good fit to work together. I value my client's autonomy and ownership of their therapeutic process and I believe it's important to be open to receiving feedback from them. I also do give homework and challenge clients to do work between sessions. I enjoy working with clients who are receptive and willing to invest in themselves.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly attending trainings on various topics, including business development, social media, clinical practice, and mental health diagnoses.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that more people are accepting of using and providing virtual services for mental health and that more insurance companies are covering it; it makes therapy even more accessible. I am also glad to see that therapy is becoming more widely accepted and understood in communities of color and that there is discussion around creating treatments that are culturally competent.
“I value my client's autonomy and ownership of their therapeutic process and I believe it's important to be open to receiving feedback from them.”