“I specialize in mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, rational behavior therapy, and reality therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my career as a preschool teacher and fell in love with human development. That led me to continue my education in family studies and gerontology. I understand that we are products of our environment, genetics, and values and must learn how to identify and challenge the values that are not helpful in order to change. I specialize in mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, rational behavior therapy, and reality therapy. I utilize motivational interviewing and believe in the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like (i.e., LOVE) them to treat you!
What should someone know about working with you?
You are the focus and captain of your treatment. The intake process is 1.5 hours and during that process, I utilize assessments that are based on your needs (e.g., SASSI, ASI, and Briggs Personality Assessments) to assist with identifying possible treatments. I have worked with addiction and mental diagnoses. Clients will be provided with homework to assist with making applications to change lifestyles. Progress with a client is moving from crises to maintenance.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in training and workshops and subscribe to professional journals that explore the current treatment techniques. I am also a member of several professional groups.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am aware and appreciative of other cultures. I was raised in a small community and that has filtered into my professional life and the services I provide. My values of life, family, community, and autonomy are the core of my practice.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am particularly excited that mental health and substance treatment are no longer shamed. Treatment for both is supported! I am happy that treatment can be obtained in the privacy of a client’s home. I like trauma-informed care and the practice of mindfulness.
“I utilize motivational interviewing and believe in the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like (i.e., LOVE) them to treat you!”