“I am versatile and can have open-ended sessions or sessions that strongly focus on the issue at hand.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've wanted to be a therapist since high school and have made mental health my only career choice. I worked as a case manager for five years with individuals with severe mental illness and worked an additional three years as a caseworker working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. As a social worker certified in therapy, I worked in a county mental health clinic for five years and a private mental health clinic for two years doing psychotherapy with a wide range of people with varying mental health conditions and social/economic situations. My wide range of experience has made me aware of my strengths and informs what I specialize in. Depressive or self-defeating thoughts and compulsive behaviors plague many people in many different forms. From cleaning rituals to self-destructive behaviors, I'm here to work with you on easing your mind and finding peace.
What should someone know about working with you?
The experience of working with me varies from one person to another depending on what has been shared in the intake process and the course of therapy. I am versatile and can have open-ended sessions or sessions that strongly focus on the issue at hand. The severity of your symptoms, what you need, and what you want all guide how any given session goes. I may suggest homework but it's your choice as to whether or not you do it and whether or not you want me to hold you accountable to it. My aim is to help you control your thoughts, as our thoughts dictate our emotions and behaviors.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe that learning is an ongoing process. I've built upon my master’s degree through self-study and psychotherapy experience. I'm constantly striving to expand my knowledge base by attending lectures and reading journal publications on a wide variety of psychiatric issues.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I strongly value autonomy and self-determination; this is why I may suggest things but not tell you to do things. It’s also why I generally let you decide how a session goes and support you with your life goals.
“I strongly value autonomy and self-determination; this is why I may suggest things but not tell you to do things.”