“My core values of authenticity, love, respect, justice, and trust directly shape my therapy practice and my life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My background in education, advocacy, crisis counseling, and occupational therapy helped shape me into the therapist I am today. As a teacher, I guided students to develop their strengths and overcome challenges. As a domestic violence counselor and victim's advocate for those experiencing relationship-based violence, I operated a crisis hotline and advocated in the court system and a domestic violence shelter. I further broadened my therapeutic skills by becoming an occupational therapist. As an OT, I mastered a unique specialization using a holistic approach to problem-solving with clients so they can do the things they want and need to live fulfilling lives. I have enjoyed working with individuals in the areas of physical disabilities, chronic illness, sexual dysfunction, neurological conditions, addiction and recovery, and severe and persistent mental illness.
What should someone know about working with you?
In my practice, I believe it's important to allow for brief session-to-session client feedback. Clients are encouraged to speak openly and honestly about what is or isn't working for them during each session. This sets me apart from other therapists you may have worked with in the past or are considering now. I know how substantial the time and financial investments for therapy are and this method allows for quick adjustments to ensure satisfaction and progress toward therapy goals. Not only are we able to use our time together most effectively but it also is a great practice in building communication and relationship skills.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I strive to maintain a practice where every client feels supported. My core values of authenticity, love, respect, justice, and trust directly shape my therapy practice and my life. I follow a strengths-based therapy approach that is built on the foundation of a respectful, authentic, collaborative, and loving relationship so that my clients can feel safe and valued. My goal is to provide an environment where my clients can trust that they will never be judged for speaking freely and honestly. I believe in equity and justice for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, language, or socioeconomic status. This is why I have a sliding scale; it allows me to help as many people as possible who are seeking therapy.
“I follow a strengths-based therapy approach that is built on the foundation of a respectful, authentic, collaborative, and loving relationship so that my clients can feel safe and valued.”