“I pursued a counseling degree to work with victims of abuse and neglect.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I pursued a counseling degree to work with victims of abuse and neglect. I learned from those early days that my clients were not broken but rather strong individuals who overcame a hard situation. The trauma was not something that defined them but a life event that happened to them that impacted how they viewed themselves and others. My goal as a psychotherapist is to bring hope and encouragement to individuals who may secretly struggle with aspects of past traumas. As a certified trauma therapist currently working toward certification in EMDR, trauma conscious yoga, and somatic experiencing, I work hard to stay current on the latest techniques and strategies that engage traumatized clients through mind-body connections.
What should someone know about working with you?
We will set goals to focus on areas that are most challenging. We'll measure progress in each session by discussing therapeutic tools used as homework that will help you learn to recognize triggers and set healthy boundaries. Progress may present as feeling less anxious, more empowered, and less triggered by stressful situations. Individuals who work with me will be given therapeutic homework to address areas such as boundaries, social anxiety, motivation, grief, and relationships. I find it empowering to help individuals realize their strength and feel more hopeful when life seems discouraging and hopeless.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I view myself as a lifelong learner. I learn from my clients and work to stay up-to-date on the best practices and the most recent therapeutic approaches backed by research. I am an active member of various professional organizations (including the American Counseling Association, Psychology Today, PESI, Psychotherapy Network, the Clinical Trauma Institute, and Trauma Conscious Yoga), which help me stay up-to-date and provide ongoing professional development that addresses the most current concerns individuals may face on a daily basis. Along with these organizations, I attend annual training to gain a deeper understanding and broader perspective as a therapist.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up in a small town where everyone knew who you were and how you lived your life. It was a lot of pressure but also made me aware of how to be sensitive to others who live in similar situations. I have also lived as an expat where I learned firsthand how it feels to be in a different culture and recognize the differences and similarities that exist. I see myself as an advocate for at-risk populations and underprivileged populations. When I work with individuals from at-risk or more vulnerable populations, I apply the best culturally-sensitive practices to support the person, their views, and their life experiences.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the growing opportunities and impact that are being realized by providing support to individuals using telehealth platforms.
“My goal as a psychotherapist is to bring hope and encouragement to individuals who may secretly struggle with aspects of past traumas.”