“Your comfort and privacy are paramount in my practice; I understand the difficulties and fears associated with seeking treatment and will safeguard the counseling relationship to the fullest extent.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've always been in a helping profession throughout my life. After seeing firsthand that therapy works with the right clinician, I needed to know how it worked. I completed my graduate training in mental health counseling with a focus in trauma as this was the catalyst to my move into my career as a therapist. I have worked in substance abuse (both inpatient and outpatient settings) with a focus on identification and treatment of underlying mental health concerns. The opportunity to work with a wide range of disorders in a diverse population has given me insight into the effectiveness of a collaborative approach to treatment. My significant amount of real world experience and having completed certification specific to trauma therapy modalities allow me to work with a wide range of issues.
What should someone know about working with you?
Your comfort and privacy are paramount in my practice; I understand the difficulties and fears associated with seeking treatment and will safeguard the counseling relationship to the fullest extent. Intakes are limited in scope to what we need to get started so as not to depersonalize the experience with questions irrelevant to getting you to a better place. My goal is to get you to feel better today than you did yesterday. I believe the past is relevant, but we will get there when it is practical. Progress is measured through your reports of feeling and doing better. I work best with clients who have interest in a solution-focused, problem-solving approach to issues.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continuously seek evidence-based tools that I can adopt into practice immediately to improve client outcomes. With my background, training is a part of me and I will always work to stay at the leading edge of my profession. I continuously network with others who can provide collaborative services or resources for my clients when needed and appropriate.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I don’t come from a place where therapy is a thing; I come from a place where people suffer in silence while fighting through each day. Life has been kind enough to let me step back, see the big picture, and recognize how that mentality may be mistakenly perceived as strength. Not forgetting my roots, I look at how I can help my clients adapt and overcome life’s struggles, approaching therapy as training and not a dependency.
“My goal is to get you to feel better today than you did yesterday.”