“Mental health has always been in the forefront of my life since I was a child.”
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Throughout my career, I have always worked as part of an interdisciplinary team. I have always found that talking out a case, especially when particularly challenging, can open up new approaches and avenues to benefit the client. Ensuring that one has all the information about the client so as to view them from all angles is a key to robust treatment.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Mental health has always been in the forefront of my life since I was a child. Many members of my family have struggled with bipolar disorder, including my grandmother who lived with us for about 10 years. This is what brought me to the field and inspired me to want to provide support for those struggling with their mental health. This has given me inherent patience and compassion for those with mental health issues and my clients in particular.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
When working on outreach, I learned that speaking with someone at their street location for 15 minutes can be just as powerful as a full hour session in an office. Therapy can look very different from what we imagine or how it is traditionally portrayed and often can be just as effective.
“This has given me inherent patience and compassion for those with mental health issues and my clients in particular.”