“I feel that with my innate sense of empathy and ability to connect with people, this is my true calling in life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For two years in high school, I volunteered with a family in my community that was struggling. The mom was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and was in hospice at home. The family had four young children, ranging in ages from 2-8, and a friend and I would visit to help care for the children on a weekly basis. The mother sadly passed during one of our visits. This powerful experience really led me on my path toward becoming a therapist. I knew I wanted to be able to continue to help people process and navigate through the different challenges that life throws our way. I feel that with my innate sense of empathy and ability to connect with people, this is my true calling in life.
What should someone know about working with you?
One of the most important aspects of therapy is developing a trusting and accepting relationship with your therapist and that is my first goal with all clients I work with. Aside from that, I have a client-centered, flexible focus. I make sure that I always meet the client where they are and work with the client on whatever issue they decide to focus on. My main approach is cognitive behavioral therapy and I tend to assign light homework in order to best assist my clients in growing and developing into their best possible selves. However, I definitely make sure to utilize an eclectic assortment of therapeutic approaches, as each individual’s needs are different.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
It is always important to continue growing and learning in all areas of life and the same holds true for professional growth. I am passionate about learning new trends in psychology as well as honing my skills on classic topics. I love reading articles, listening to podcasts, and taking continuing education courses. Another area of professional growth lies in the important process of peer consultation. I think it’s incredibly important to consult with professional peers and find that it’s an excellent way to learn how to best help my clients.
“One of the most important aspects of therapy is developing a trusting and accepting relationship with your therapist and that is my first goal with all clients I work with.”