“My aim is to provide a safe space that promotes self-love, empowerment, and healing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a clinical social worker and therapist, I served in the US Navy. My own experiences both in the military and as an individual returning to civilian life were instrumental in drawing me to this profession. I have worked in child welfare, housing and homeless services, veteran and community mental health, and inpatient hospital settings. Working in each of these different areas allowed me to gain invaluable field experience and discover that my greatest strengths and my passion are in mental health work.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a licensed clinical social worker, my approach to therapy is always strengths-based. I meet clients where they are and work closely with them to develop a treatment plan. My aim is to provide a safe space that promotes self-love, empowerment, and healing. I especially enjoy working with women of color and veterans on issues regarding personal growth, adjustment, and life transitions. I am trained in several modalities, including CPT, CBT, and SFBT.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend CEU workshops as well as professional conferences and seminars. I subscribe to and regularly read professional journals such as Health and Social Work (NASW) and Advances in Social Work. I collaborate with other providers frequently to improve quality of care and therapeutic outcomes.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about telehealth. It has played a major role in improving accessibility and quality of care by removing factors that have historically been barriers to both seeking and providing treatment. When clinicians are not limited to a particular location, their ability to see a larger number and variety of clients is increased. Clients who were once limited by time, geography, transportation, or even finances now have many options for care that were not previously available.
“I especially enjoy working with women of color and veterans on issues regarding personal growth, adjustment, and life transitions.”