“To me, progress happens when the client feels growth and self-confident in their journey of healing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path toward becoming the psychotherapist that I am today comes mostly from my family. My parents were a teacher/minister and a lead/head nurse, my aunt was a social worker, and my uncle was the vice president of a local state university. My prior training was in law enforcement and I received my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/sociology. I worked an internship in probation and parole before becoming a police officer and serving in the security police in the USAF. I also worked for a youth agency as a youth counselor and then a drug and alcohol counselor. I have been a public school social worker for 24 years and enjoyed 35 years as a high school varsity coach. Without a doubt, I know I am very well-qualified and I have a personality that is very engaging. My life experience has exposed me to many diverse situations, environments, and people. My broad background has allowed me to relate to many of my clients, either from personal exposure or environmental exposure. In addition, my years in a substance abuse outpatient facility allowed me to obtain a CASAC certification and perform DUI evaluations for the state of NY.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is geared toward engaging the client to obtain as much information necessary to understand the individual’s needs and concerns. To me, progress happens when the client feels growth and self-confident in their journey of healing. At times, I assign homework or a writing project for self-reflection. The clients I enjoy most are adults of all ages, individuals, and couples.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend conferences, watch webinars, and take part in get-togethers with other social workers to talk about strategies.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are focused on the importance of listening without judging another’s life story; I have compassion for human dignity and a willingness to learn from others.
“My core values are focused on the importance of listening without judging another’s life story; I have compassion for human dignity and a willingness to learn from others.”