“I believe my extroverted personality allows me to develop a strong rapport with my clients and strong active listening skills to provide a safe space for clients to share with me.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome at age eight. This neurological disorder caused a difficult childhood, socially, mentally, and emotionally. The resilience I noticed in myself in overcoming those difficult experiences made me want to be able to work with individuals who need assistance developing their strengths and insights into their own resiliency and capabilities across various areas in life. I believe my extroverted personality allows me to develop a strong rapport with my clients and strong active listening skills to provide a safe space for clients to share with me. I have worked in both general mental health and substance misuse fields, which I believe has provided me with well-rounded knowledge and a broad experience base. In addition to general mental health and addiction counseling experience, I completed a 40-hour training in domestic violence, which has allowed me to provide resources and counseling to individuals involved in such situations.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process is comprehensive and covers all areas of an individual’s life, which allows me to get a complete picture of the client. When thinking of progress, I see it as the client improving from their baseline in which they initially presented. Combined with talk therapy, homework is assigned to further reinforce the skills and tools discussed in session and to also help a client process a topic more extensively than time might allow in one session. The types of clients I like working with are individuals, families, and couples.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My upbringing consisted of a mix of cultures, which lets me see the world through more than just one lens. My blend of Italian and Latinx backgrounds has allowed me to be multiculturally competent and sensitive to a variety of cultures and ethnicities. Being knowledgeable and considerate of cultural norms, values, and beliefs allows me to better understand how to approach a client’s therapeutic treatment to make the client comfortable, safe, and understood. My life experiences have allowed me to see the world not in black and white but grey; there is often no one answer when it comes to living a full and satisfying life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited that telehealth is becoming a normal part of the therapeutic delivery. Telehealth provides access to those living with barriers, such as residing in a rural area. Clients can now receive services when they otherwise would not have been able to before.
“Being knowledgeable and considerate of cultural norms, values, and beliefs allows me to better understand how to approach a client’s therapeutic treatment to make the client comfortable, safe, and understood.”