“I have worked with thousands of individuals and families across the country in a variety of settings and I know that living a happy life is realistic and achievable no matter your current situation.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began working in the mental health field while in college at the age of 19. I worked as a staff member at an adolescent facility in Arizona. After college, I worked as a group facilitator and case manager for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. These experiences showed me how rewarding it can be to help others. They also taught me that my effectiveness as a helper was directly linked to my own knowledge base and level of expertise. I then decided to enroll in a graduate counseling psychology program in order to learn the specific skills needed for effective psychotherapy. Prior to becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor I also worked for several years as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. Today, I focus my practice mainly on helping adults struggling with anxiety and depression. My work is informed by the variety of experiences I have in the broader field of mental health. I like to think of myself as a counselor with high cultural sensitivity and clinical skill.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have worked with thousands of individuals and families across the country in a variety of settings and I know that living a happy life is realistic and achievable no matter your current situation. I am passionate about personal growth and believe I have a natural ability to connect with a diverse range of client populations. Therapy is a collaborative process. I believe that therapeutic goals should be well defined and that therapy itself should be time-limited. My goal is to teach skills for “self therapy” in order to maintain and improve on the gains made in session. My clients and I often create interventions to be applied outside the weekly sessions as “homework.” This is where the most progress usually happens. I am trained in the Cognitive Behavioral approach to therapy. This has two parts. We work together to untangle negative, self-defeating thoughts. We also identify actionable tasks to be completed in the time between sessions in order to make material improvements in your life.
“I am passionate about personal growth and believe I have a natural ability to connect with a diverse range of client populations.”