“My practice is based on assisting my clients to feel empowered on a positive path toward growth and wellbeing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After many years working in a mental health hospital environment as a registered nurse and an administrator, I decided to obtain advanced degrees to provide primary mental health care.
What should someone know about working with you?
I approach my interview with clients using a biopsychosocial model that is holistic and integrative. I take a warm, empathetic approach when working with individuals and families. I take every opportunity to educate all involved about mental health conditions, evidence-based treatment options, and the risks versus benefits of medications at the lowest possible dosages. I make a huge effort to frequently check in with clients to discuss how they are feeling, making sure their needs are being met. When meeting with a brand new client, I spend time listening to their entire history and their full story to gain a better understanding of what their daily routine looks like, what a bad day entails, and what is important to them. My practice is based on assisting my clients to feel empowered on a positive path toward growth and wellbeing. I take the time to listen and understand.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am an avid reader of the latest studies on the best approaches in medication management.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Being an out and proud member of the LGBTQ community for over 50 years has helped me develop empathy for and understanding of marginalized communities and individuals.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited about the ever-improving access to care with telepsychiatry; it makes care more available to many.
“Being an out and proud member of the LGBTQ community for over 50 years has helped me develop empathy for and understanding of marginalized communities and individuals.”