“I see therapy as a collaborative effort; drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches, I hope to be able to assist you in developing adaptive coping skills that you can apply to daily life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been a "feeler"— you know, the type of person who tends to be sensitive, compassionate, and empathetic. In my late teens and early 20s, I volunteered at a sleep-away camp for children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings. While I always knew I wanted to help people, those volunteer experiences led me to the field of oncology. After receiving my BA in psychology, I went on to pursue my master’s in social work. Following graduation, I was hired as an oncology social worker at a nonprofit and have been there for about seven years. There, I work with children, adolescents, and young adults impacted by a cancer diagnosis or who have lost a loved one to cancer. I have trained with the National Institute for Psychotherapies and have received training in meaning-centered psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy as well. These trainings have provided insight to treating symptoms of anxiety and depression alongside the trauma of being diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness.
What should someone know about working with you?
First, you are the expert of your own experience. I strongly believe in meeting each client where they are in order to build a strong therapeutic alliance and foundation of support. Seeking therapy and asking for help is not an easy task. Keep in mind that it may take a few sessions to develop a sense of rapport and trust. We will begin by taking a look at the presenting issue(s) and what patterns led to their development. We will also create short-term, measurable goals that will allow us to witness progress as we work together. I see therapy as a collaborative effort; drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches, I hope to be able to assist you in developing adaptive coping skills that you can apply to daily life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Continuing education is a large part of being a mental health clinician. As a therapist, I believe that we are always growing and evolving. Remaining curious and educated about innovative therapy practices and new therapeutic approaches allows me to expand my current knowledge and provide a deeper level of support. I regularly participate in trainings so that I can stay up-to-date on the ever-changing field of mental health.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Seeking mental health support often comes with stigma. I believe that everyone should be able to find a therapist who is a good fit for them, regardless of what they are currently experiencing. I am an open, transparent, and candid therapist who believes in honesty, both in my personal and professional life. This belief has helped me find my clinical voice and has allowed me to offer direct support to those who need it the most. I believe in the importance of holding space, the need for validation, and the need for honest human connection.
“I believe in the importance of holding space, the need for validation, and the need for honest human connection.”