“I am a strengths-based therapist; I focus on your skills and support systems to help you meet your therapy goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My career has been dedicated to the mental health field. I have worked as a therapist for adults, children, families, and couples in a variety of settings, including client homes, schools, hospitals, and office settings. Those experiences allowed me to recognize the populations and topics I enjoy best. I enjoy seeing people function best in their systems, whether those be their marriage, family, friendship, neighborhood, school, or job. This is why I chose a marriage and family therapy degree. My master's education taught me the value we each have in all settings, how we impact those settings, and how they impact us. I also learned how people are traumatized by past experiences. My doctoral dissertation topic was the impact of childhood trauma on intimate relationships in adulthood. I have seen through my therapy experiences how trauma experiences impact the intimate relationship and I am a trauma-informed therapist for this reason.
What should someone know about working with you?
The initial appointment is an intake session. I learn about you and answer any questions you have about the therapeutic process. I am a strengths-based therapist; I focus on your skills and support systems to help you meet your therapy goals. I do give homework, but I don't pressure you to do the homework. I enjoy working with individuals and couples who are committed to change.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am very interested in holistic health; I take courses that help me to better understand the connection between food, environment, exercise, mental health, dental health, social support, and other factors that impact overall health. I am a registered yoga teacher and am working on becoming a holistic health practitioner. I collaborate with other therapists, yogis, and medical professionals who are interested in holistic health.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am the oldest of six children, the mother of two children, and family is very important to me. Identifying or developing a positive support system is one of my priorities in therapy. It's important to know that you are not alone in your journey. It's important to feel supported, loved, heard, and understood by others.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
During my doctoral program, I did research on trauma. Attachment theory is one of my absolute favorite theories. It has guided me as a parent and I have seen the impact of different types of attachments. These experiences led me to my doctoral dissertation, titled The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Intimate Relationships in Adulthood. The research helped me to better see how attachment styles from childhood transfer to adult relationships and keep adults in the same patterns they experienced during childhood.
“I am very interested in holistic health; I take courses that help me to better understand the connection between food, environment, exercise, mental health, dental health, social support, and other factors that impact overall health.”