“Telehealth can help you prioritize therapy if there are time restraints, or if you and your partner have conflicting schedules.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After losing a sick parent at age 13, I became very close with my guidance counselor. My counselor inspired me to get through high school and become successful. I knew based on this experience that I wanted to help others, specifically those going through difficult times in school, careers, and relationships. My career began in performing arts administration, where I had the chance to interact with diverse groups of people from all walks of life. This experience helped shape my desire to obtain my master’s and licenses in counseling. I worked as a director of career counseling for a major university and for the government prior to opening up my private practice. I am also a leadership training consultant for businesses across many different industries.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our process begins with developing a foundation of trust and a pattern of open communication—then I tailor my approach to each individual. The intake session begins with you sharing whatever you feel comfortable with so I can get to know you better—and for you to get a sense of how you feel working with me. My approach often includes collaboration on goals you can accomplish between sessions. If needed, I can offer a combination of career and mental health counseling. I offer telehealth therapy to meet the needs of clients with busy lives. Telehealth can help you prioritize therapy if there are time restraints, or if you and your partner have conflicting schedules. I especially love working with couples, students, and creative professionals.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I love collaborating with other healthcare and helping professionals. Information about clients is always kept confidential, but it’s important to be able to collaborate with other counselors, gain perspective, and have lists of referrals to help clients who are in need of other overlapping services.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It takes a lot of courage for someone who is hesitant to take the plunge and talk to someone new. It takes time to build trust with a therapist, just like it does in any relationship—and the rewards are worth the risk. Just know that you don’t need to be diagnosed with a mental health condition to benefit from therapy. Therapy can be beneficial in building self-awareness, coping mechanisms, and decision-making skills—and it can help you meet the goals you have for yourself and your life. I always encourage my clients to voice their hesitations—we can work through them together.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I can see the stigma of “getting help” become more normalized. I always say that most people either have a therapist or know they need one and are in the process of finding one. Access to mental health care through services like Alma make getting help more affordable and accessible. It’s an exciting time to be a therapist, as individuals and couples are increasingly encouraged to be themselves and to be open and honest. I strongly believe that people are now realizing that career and mental health counseling are linked—and discovering that approaching both aspects at once can help individuals achieve satisfaction in many areas of their lives.
“It takes time to build trust with a therapist, just like it does in any relationship—and the rewards are worth the risk.”