“My personal and professional experiences have informed the core fundamentals of my practice: Trust, validation, and understanding.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was drawn to the mental health field out of my own curiosity about the human psyche. I have always had a strong desire to understand how life experiences can have a profound effect on our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. My journey encompasses medical and clinical social work, treating clients from a wide range of ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The early days of my career entailed working at a psychiatric hospital and within a nursing home setting. I supported clients in the areas of co-occurring mental health diagnoses, chronic illness, aging, and palliative care. I transitioned into working for a federally qualified health center, providing therapy for an underserved and disenfranchised population. My personal and professional experiences have informed the core fundamentals of my practice: Trust, validation, and understanding.
What should someone know about working with you?
During the intake process, I will prioritize building trust and getting to know you at your own pace. I will review our expectations for therapy and collect important information to inform the goals of your sessions going forward. I am a multifaceted therapist who may incorporate aspects of CBT, psychodynamic theory, strengths-perspective theory, and other modalities. Although creating structure through goal setting, consistency, and at-home work is an important part of therapy, I still aim to provide a relaxed approach that focuses on your needs in the moment. The most rewarding aspect of therapy is supporting you through completing even the smallest steps toward your goals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I collaborate with other therapists, attend workshops, and stay informed of related mental health content, whether it be through podcasts, documentaries, books, or articles. Currently, I am interested in expanding my knowledge of boundary-setting and I aim to incorporate more of this into my practice.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us dealt with feelings of uncertainty, grief, confusion, and sadness. The lack of socializing and physical proximity made it difficult to find the extra support and compassion we so needed. The increased urgency around mental health care has paved the way for teletherapy and more streamlined ways to access this care, which I feel is a step in the right direction.
“I am a multifaceted therapist who may incorporate aspects of CBT, psychodynamic theory, strengths-perspective theory, and other modalities.”