“I feel my role as a therapist is to be the guide on a client’s journey of self-discovery and growth while giving them the encouragement to accomplish their goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been a licensed clinical social worker since 1998 and have worked with many different clients and various settings, including in psychiatric hospitals, in drug and mental health treatment centers, as a Medicare social worker, and in specialized programs at multiple public schools. I have been a clinical supervisor and a clinical director and now I am building my own private practice. I focus on the whole client and provide a comprehensive intake assessment to assist and meet the client where they are in order to meet their treatment goals. I have training in EMDR, DBT, CBT, solution-focused therapy, family systems theory, and motivational interviewing. Additionally, I am well-versed in 12-step programs, which in support with treatment will help clients with addiction or potential addiction issues. I feel my role as a therapist is to be the guide on a client’s journey of self-discovery and growth while giving them the encouragement to accomplish their goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
I conduct a very thorough intake process where we discuss family history, in-depth personal history, and relationship patterns. We may also do a genogram. The client and I will set treatment goals, which will be reviewed regularly to determine how much progress has been made. The goals can be organic, amended, and expanded as needed. The clients I work with who are motivated will benefit from homework. This will be set on an individual basis, and I will meet the client where they are and discuss how the homework will be beneficial. I work with all ages, including children and adolescents. I work with individuals, couples, and families; as long as a client is teachable and open to the therapy process, I would love to work with them!
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am in a collaborative supervision group made up of seasoned, licensed clinicians. This expands my additional learning opportunities, allows me to share knowledge and expertise, increases insight and review, and gives me feedback regarding challenging situations. I am EMDR-trained and working on becoming EMDR-certified. EMDR is an evidenced-based treatment specifically used in trauma work.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
In every situation, there is an opportunity for growth and I know that the pandemic opened the doors to brain health treatment to many people through telehealth. Many individuals did not seek treatment previously for many reasons, including distance, difficulty taking time off of work, and lack of privacy in the waiting rooms. Teletherapy has made it much easier for clients to get treatment from the comfort of their computer and receive the much needed relief they are seeking.
“I work with individuals, couples, and families; as long as a client is teachable and open to the therapy process, I would love to work with them!”