“I find myself inspired by seeing others overcome hardships and grow in their lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have known I wanted to work in the helping profession since middle school when I was first introduced to the field of psychology and elected by my peers to be the class mediator. Being invited into the lives of others to help them on their journey is a privilege. I find myself inspired by seeing others overcome hardships and grow in their lives. I find that people do best when they are not told what to do but rather given choices and control. I have worked in both mental health and addiction counseling in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. I have specialized training in grief and loss, women's issues, addiction counseling, solution-focused brief therapy, CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed care. The experience and training I have received have really allowed me to cater my private practice to the unique needs of the individuals and couples seeking therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have experience working with adults and adolescents struggling with mental illness and addiction. I am skilled in grief and loss, women's issues, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, addictions, and relationships. I utilize a holistic and strength-based approach to counseling and am skilled in a variety of therapeutic techniques. When someone first reaches out, I offer a free phone appointment to discuss more about their specific needs and let them decide if I would be a good fit. If so, an initial appointment is scheduled. If we decide it is not a good fit, I will provide referrals if I can. To me, progress is individually-based and is in your hands. If you feel things are getting better, then they are getting better. I consider you to be the driver in therapy and I am in the passenger seat pointing out the yellow light, objects in the road, and alternative routes. I prefer to work with clients who are committed to making a change or exploring the benefits of that change.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Continuing education is how I grow as a clinician. I typically find myself drawn to training that includes cultural diversity as well as new evidence-based interventions that are gaining positive outcomes in therapy. Collaboration with other providers is a part of my daily practice as the other therapists I work with have lots of experience and can add a perspective different from my own.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The field of mental health and addiction is starting to gain more awareness in the community and I am so happy to be a part of spreading the word about the importance of recognizing and destigmatizing it. I have found that telehealth has allowed me to reach people who otherwise would not have been able to obtain services and it has been such an integral part of wellness and service utilization. For myself, cultural diversity and learning about new and upcoming interventions are topics I enjoy.
“I find that people do best when they are not told what to do but rather given choices and control.”