“The process of building your mental wellness will have its ups and downs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my career in health care during my last year in college, caring for adults and children with developmental disabilities. I went on to achieve my bachelor’s in health science but wanted more understanding of the client’s care and felt pulled to nursing. I went back for my associate’s in nursing and then my bachelor’s in nursing while working full time. A year after my bachelor’s, I started my master’s program to become a nurse practitioner while working two nursing jobs. Time was non-existent throughout those years and school and home were in different areas of New York, requiring two hours or more of driving each day. I was losing sleep but determined and passionate about my work, which helped me push through. Every leg of my journey showed me a different aspect of mental health, including anxiety, depression, and self-worth. It made me more excited to achieve a high level of knowledge in my field.
What should someone know about working with you?
The process of building your mental wellness will have its ups and downs; my focus is to get you to trust your process as we choose the right resources to help build that process. I promise to help you reach your goals in mental wellness using all resources available to me. This includes connecting you to outside resources that will further help you progress into your best self.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I feel working on a collaborative team can be essential for the patient. While some cases are straightforward and require just therapy or medication management, the whole being may need to be looked at and this is where having an interdisciplinary team helps. I like to know that the patient has a PCP who manages blood glucose levels or high lipid levels as I take care of their psychosis and mood swings.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Don’t wait and trust your process! Therapy will not always be a one-shot deal and you will need to be open to trying new therapists if your current one does not work. Think of it as a cut on your hand - would you let it bleed or immediately get something to stop the bleeding? If the first person you dated didn’t work out, would you go on another date with them or someone else? Put that same effort into your mental health; it's the best project you will ever work on.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that the spotlight is more on mental health in our communities. More people are open to speaking about their own trauma and what they have tried to help themselves and more communities of support are being built.
“My focus is to get you to trust your process as we choose the right resources to help build that process. I promise to help you reach your goals in mental wellness using all resources available to me.”