“I knew from my own journey of constantly working on myself as a person, as a wife, and especially as a parent that there was much one can do to help themselves if they only had the information and the tools to do so.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began when I was young and learning to question my own thoughts and reactions. However, my love for teaching pulled me into the classroom for over 10 years. I loved the connection with the students but with time, I realized that some parents needed parenting advice and they could be more successful with their children if they had therapy and guidance. Some children also really needed therapy in order to manage and handle their lives. I knew from my own journey of constantly working on myself as a person, as a wife, and especially as a parent that there was much one can do to help themselves if they only had the information and the tools to do so. I transitioned my career to become a therapist and I’ve seen much success with my clients as I watched them change their lives for the better. Mindfulness, DBT, CBT, and somatic modalities have shaped me and changed the way I view the world and I’m privileged to share the benefits with my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like to get to know my client as a person and get to know the whole person. I like to connect emotionally and be in the present with my clients. During the intake process, I try to get as much history as possible, as our history is part of our journey that shapes us into who we are today. I like to assign some homework so that the client can practice a technique or idea between sessions and notice if there is a positive change. I primarily work with females 18+ struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and parenting issues.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love to learn new things and expand my knowledge of the field I’m in. I give DBT classes of my own where I happily teach again and learn so much from the people in my groups. I also spend much time networking with other professionals in the field and we share information, advice, and ideas via chats and online forums. Additionally, I take classes in different techniques and specialties, including DBT and somatic therapy. I am always interested in learning something new.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a young child, I observed my own parents as they took interest in other people’s lives and assisted people of all ages and backgrounds in many ways to better their lives. I was raised to be nonjudgmental and accepting of all individuals. I was taught to focus on seeing only the good and positive in people and these lessons have assisted me greatly in the field and have shaped the way I view people and the world.
“Mindfulness, DBT, CBT, and somatic modalities have shaped me and changed the way I view the world and I’m privileged to share the benefits with my clients.”