“Reaching out for help can be intimidating, so I try to make the experience easier and less daunting by providing a warm, empathic approach from the start.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been an empathic person, someone people were drawn to when sharing their worries, fears, and sadness. I loved providing that space for others so when thinking about my career, becoming a social worker was the natural thing for me to pursue. In graduate school, I focused my training on childhood trauma and learned how to best work therapeutically with individuals and families impacted by trauma. In my postgraduate training, I was thoroughly trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and worked in a pediatric office at a hospital, providing evidence-based mental health care to children, teens, young adults, and parents who were patients of the practice. This experience helped shape my love for working with other providers and now in private practice, I still strive to work collaboratively with my clients' outside providers, ensuring a team approach whenever it’s helpful.
What should someone know about working with you?
Reaching out for help can be intimidating, so I try to make the experience easier and less daunting by providing a warm, empathic approach from the start. We’ll begin with a free 10-15 minute call to make sure that we are a good fit to work with one another. During this call, you will tell me a little about what you are seeking help for and I will tell you about how I approach therapy. It’s important that you click with your therapist, so this call is also important for you to make sure you feel heard and safe with me before moving forward with your first appointment. In the first session, we will talk further about you and discuss concrete goals you have for therapy. I offer both structured, short-term CBT treatment as well as less structured, longer term therapy. I love working with clients who are motivated and insightful, who are looking to improve in different areas of their lives, and who often feel like they are stuck engaging in certain patterns that no longer work for them.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly learning and growing in my clinical skills by attending training and consultation inside and outside my areas of expertise. I have additional trainings in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), group psychotherapy, treatment for selective mutism, and parent management training (PMT). I am also trained in the PEERS for Young Adults: Social Skills Training curriculum, which I use for my social skills groups.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Growing up as the oldest of four siblings in a religious community, I have an appreciation for how family dynamics, religious beliefs (or separation from those beliefs), cultural norms, and sense of self are all interconnected. I enjoy working with clients from all different cultural and religious backgrounds, and my strongest value as a therapist is a sense of connection, which I bring, along with humor and warmth, to my therapy sessions.
“I love working with clients who are motivated and insightful, who are looking to improve in different areas of their lives, and who often feel like they are stuck engaging in certain patterns that no longer work for them.”