“I will provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and actions while empowering you to see them in a different light to effect change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew I was meant to be a therapist when I was in the second grade. My teacher at the time asked me to talk to another student who wasn't playing with the other children as he typically did and was trying hard not to cry. That day, I learned the power of truly listening to someone else as a way to connect and foster trust. My classmate needed to know someone cared and by listening to him, I showed him I did. I've carried that understanding with me and honed that skill throughout my career. I've always enjoyed listening to people and learning about their lives, even when what they shared was sad or painful, and I wanted to help however I could. I have never questioned my decision to become a therapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy working with adults of all ages in all types of life transitions, from the challenges of entering young adulthood to the struggles of facing one's own mortality. I'm also passionate about helping people through the pain of grief and loss, which can include the loss of a pet. I value healthy communication in how we speak to ourselves and others. I help my clients recognize ineffective communication patterns and learn to replace them with positive, productive ones. This is especially critical in our own self-talk. I view therapy as a partnership and know that you are the expert on you. Together, we will form goals and decide what progress may look and feel like to you. I will provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and actions while empowering you to see them in a different light to effect change. I use a variety of theoretical approaches to meet your individual needs. I believe that both laughter and tears can be pathways to healing.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about telehealth in the evolving mental health landscape. Telehealth simplifies the logistics of being in therapy. It allows people who didn't think they had time for therapy realize that they do!
“I believe that both laughter and tears can be pathways to healing.”