“I am an interactive therapist, meaning that my sessions with clients are a dialog and I share observations and interpretations to ensure that I develop true empathy and understanding.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I chose a career as a clinical social worker to help people through challenging situations. The original impetus was my interest in working with LGBTQ adolescents and the significant stress they face when coming out and navigating through society. But during my training, I discovered a passion for helping people facing illness and the trauma that comes with a frightening diagnosis or a sudden physical impairment. Prior to opening my private practice, I worked for nearly twenty years in hospitals, providing therapeutic services to clients and their families. I then moved into leadership where I helped train other clinicians in this critical work. The skills I developed in healthcare translate perfectly to a private therapy setting. My sensitive and supportive approach to helping clients find clarity and peace during highly stressful periods in their lives translates perfectly as well.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am an interactive therapist, meaning that my sessions with clients are a dialog and I share observations and interpretations to ensure that I develop true empathy and understanding. I believe that therapists embody many roles in the therapeutic process, including that of coach, supporter, and challenger. I enjoy working with clients who are open to exploring feelings and considering new ways to look at issues and I support goal-setting and risk-taking in the spirit of progress. I often use gentle humor when warranted and strive to foster an environment of safety and security.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I enjoy learning about different therapeutic approaches and expanding my skills in family therapy through the Ackerman Institute for the Family. I learn a great deal from my clients and the challenges they bring to therapy and these topics inspire me to strengthen my knowledge and skill set. I also actively participate in peer supervision opportunities and relish learning from colleagues through their shared experiences and case discussions.
“I enjoy working with clients who are open to exploring feelings and considering new ways to look at issues and I support goal-setting and risk-taking in the spirit of progress.”