“My uplifting personality helps me to see the best in others and what they are striving for.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my second career, which I began in 2007. I previously worked in commercial real estate, but my life called me to a greater purpose to help others. I had my own struggles as a teen, which ultimately led me to the path of becoming a therapist. I have the ability to connect with a variety of people, focusing on the relationships with others. My uplifting personality helps me to see the best in others and what they are striving for. I originally started my career in addiction, which I was drawn to in order to help as many people as I could turn their lives around. I have learned a lot over the years about people from all walks of life. I furthered my career by working in the court system, in community mental health, and in private practice. I have completed a variety of training and have attended several mental health conferences, which have added to the value and expertise in my career.
What should someone know about working with you?
The first appointment is used as a consultation to see if I am a good fit for the person who wants to work with me. It is a way for both of us to get to know each other, what therapy looks like, the expectations, and the goals you want to reach while in therapy services. Progress comes in all forms, from the way someone feels to the way they view the world, the way they have implemented changes in their lives, or the way they feel understood. At times, homework can assist in keeping clients engaged and on track. I have had the privilege of working with many clients from all backgrounds and have enjoyed clients who are both motivated and unsure of the path they are working toward.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
As a therapist who has provided services in community mental health for several years, I am very excited about the emergence of telehealth. Access to care has been a consistent issue in mental health but technology and the access to smartphones have increased the ability to provide services to more people despite their geographical location. The barriers of transportation, limited availability of services in certain areas, and time carved out to dedicate to therapy have all been greatly reduced by the increase in telehealth services. I am also interested in learning more about the reduced stigma associated with receiving mental health services, as this has been a prevalent topic. I am so grateful more people are willing to talk about the benefits of engaging in therapy and what a positive impact it can have on the path to self-improvement.
“Progress comes in all forms, from the way someone feels to the way they view the world, the way they have implemented changes in their lives, or the way they feel understood.”