“My approach to treatment is intended to help you bridge the gap between how things are and how you want to shape them to be.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist seemed natural; I was always curious about how people managed their lives and was interested in the societal factors that shaped one's character. I began my career in child welfare and was struck by the strength of the human spirit, people's capacity for growth and change, and the resilience I witnessed in the face of much trauma and adversity.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach to treatment is intended to help you bridge the gap between how things are and how you want to shape them to be. I use a person-centered and solution-focused approach and I draw on cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing to inform our work. That means that we start with the needs that are most pressing for you and work collaboratively to help you learn new patterns of thinking and interacting, improve coping skills, heal, and grow. I strive to provide a safe space for you to share about yourself without fear of judgment. Our consultation session will help me get a sense of what brought you to therapy as well as get some background information about you. You can complete intake forms online prior to our first session so that we use our time together with purpose and intention. I sometimes suggest homework and/or reading material in between sessions; this is always optional and aimed at enhancing our discussion and learning.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Learning is a lifelong process. I continuously work to increase my professional skills and knowledge by learning new treatment modalities, participating in professional workshops, and maintaining my membership with professional associations. I value my client's growth and change and continue to challenge myself to do the same.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm excited that, as a whole, we are normalizing mental health and dismissing stigma. COVID changed the way people work and that extended to therapists as well. I am excited that therapy is much more accessible and convenient to clients. I believe the right “fit” between therapist and client is critical and it can make or break the treatment process. Telehealth and platforms like Alma help remove some of the barriers to accessing help.
What is something you wish people hesitant about therapy knew?
Difficult and sometimes painful times are unavoidable parts of life. It is courageous to allow yourself to be vulnerable and seek help. There are some misconceptions about what therapy is and who uses therapy. Therapy is an investment you make in yourself, your wellbeing, and your future. Over the years, I have had the privilege of being entrusted as a partner in helping many people gain insight, learn new coping skills, and make shifts in maladaptive patterns. I hope to do the same in our work together.
“That means that we start with the needs that are most pressing for you and work collaboratively to help you learn new patterns of thinking and interacting, improve coping skills, heal, and grow.”