“I am very empathetic and many people who have met me say that I am very easy to speak with and they often share information with me that they have not shared before.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always known that my calling was to help others help themselves. I am very empathetic and many people who have met me say that I am very easy to speak with and they often share information with me that they have not shared before. I come from a diverse blended family, which has afforded me the opportunity to learn to work with many personalities. I have worked in quite a variety of settings, shaping the kind of therapist I am. I have worked with children, teens, and adults in the foster care system, severely emotionally disturbed adolescents in their homes and communities, adults with and without developmental disabilities, and incarcerated individuals. All of my experiences add additional value to my skills as a therapist. It has enlightened me to see the world through the lenses of others. I obtained my master’s in forensic psychology and am also a licensed mental health counselor. I seek out training to continually add to my skills.
What should someone know about working with you?
Upon intake, I will assign you some assessments to give us a “pre-therapy” idea of where you are. We will discuss what you look to gain from our sessions so we can develop goals that work for you. Throughout therapy, I will give assignments to complete in between sessions. I will also ask you to complete assessments throughout therapy so we can measure your progress. We will focus on your goals and adjust them as needed. I enjoy working with clients who want to invest in themselves; without you wanting to put the work in, we will see minimal results.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend training regularly, even when it does not count toward continuing education credits. I participate in trainings that will provide me with additional skills and/or insight into new techniques (or a deeper insight into skills I already have). I find collaborating with other providers to be beneficial, as a different set of eyes on a situation may provide an alternative route to success.
“I enjoy working with clients who want to invest in themselves; without you wanting to put the work in, we will see minimal results.”