“I value creating a safe space for clients to explore their concerns and emphasize the importance of providing a supportive, empathic treatment style to best empower my clients to reach their goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My first job in the field was working with young children with developmental disabilities in a school setting. While working as a classroom aide, I met several children who were attending psychotherapy and would always talk about how good they felt after attending therapy. Seeing the positive outcomes of therapy from such young children inspired me to be a provider, specifically one who gives people a sense of safety and support that empowers them to follow their passions and live happier lives. When I began working with the substance use population, I realized my passion for treating clients who have experienced trauma and I pursued a specialization in trauma treatment while obtaining my master’s. I feel that my love of learning and capacity for empathy toward others make me a good fit to be a therapist. I currently work in a full-time position as a program supervisor in the substance use clinic of a nonprofit organization.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize a trauma-informed, client-centered approach in my therapy sessions. My background and specialized training include various evidence-based practices with a primary focus on cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness practices. I have also participated in dialectical behavior therapy training. I value creating a safe space for clients to explore their concerns and emphasize the importance of providing a supportive, empathic treatment style to best empower my clients to reach their goals. I primarily work with adults who experience anxiety, depression, trauma-related symptoms, relationship issues, and those struggling with concerns related to substance use.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am an avid learner and often participate in continuing education training to support the development and growth of my clinical skills and knowledge. I have become a credentialed alcoholism and substance use counselor through the Office of Addiction Supports and Services (OASAS) as well as a certified trauma professional. I am interested in learning more about EMDR and plan to participate in training soon. As a program supervisor, I have discovered a love of teaching and supervising others, including mental health counselors, social workers, and substance use counselors. I have witnessed firsthand just how powerful it can be to be part of a supportive team and how working together as providers serves to best meet our clients’ needs. I believe that there is always room for growth and improvement and that every person can benefit from honing their skills and expanding their knowledge.
“I primarily work with adults who experience anxiety, depression, trauma-related symptoms, relationship issues, and those struggling with concerns related to substance use.”