“I am currently undergoing training to become certified in the brainspotting technique, which is a trauma-focused approach that helps to address unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had a passion for helping others but this was nurtured in my undergraduate years when I began taking courses to foster this desire. I am confident that my keen interpersonal skills help develop strong therapeutic relationships, which is my niche when working with clients. I have spent the majority of my career working with adolescents, though I branched out to work with adults and the elderly in recent years and found a passion that I didn't realize existed. This ability to work with both ends of the spectrum helps in my practice when faced with the challenges that many families experience. I am currently undergoing training to become certified in the brainspotting technique, which is a trauma-focused approach that helps to address unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. This is one of the most exciting experiences that I have had as an LCSW and believe that this is the work that will shape the future of not only my practice but of my community as well.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with me, I reserve the first session to complete a comprehensive intake. This allows both me and you to determine what the best course of action is during our sessions together and gives us the ability to create goals that can be tracked and updated as necessary. I do assign homework, which is done on an as-needed basis.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have made it my mark to educate myself in every way that I possibly can. I have a thirst for knowledge and am not afraid to learn new strategies if the ones that I am recommending are not working for a particular client. I also have a passion for focusing on trauma work and take any trainings that I can.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up in a family with a strong sense of community and I have homed in on this core value when shaping the type of practice that I would like to provide. It is important to me to be able to provide a service to my community that is strong, helpful, reliable, and safe.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
As I have mentioned before, trauma is where my passion lies. It is incredibly exciting to me to see the evolving research in the field, to address the difficulties that so many adolescents and adults have endured, and to better access the problems and process them on a level deeper than ever before.
“This is one of the most exciting experiences that I have had as an LCSW and believe that this is the work that will shape the future of not only my practice but of my community as well.”