“I enjoy working with men and women who seek to explore their own curiosities of their lives and learn how they can be empowered to make changes or to cope with stress.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After raising two children while working in various aspects of the business world and volunteering for a progressive, social justice, and faith-based organization, I felt called to continue my love for helping people and returned to school to complete a master’s in social work. I have a lifelong curiosity for how our experiences and decisions are formed. In other words, where have we come from, what and who led us here, and where do we want to go?
I have practiced in therapeutic settings where I worked extensively with people who suffer from addiction and substance abuse problems, relationship conflict, parenting struggles, and mental health concerns. All of my work has given me expertise in addiction counseling, couples therapy, and trauma-focused work. I am a certified clinical trauma professional and I regularly participate in the International Psychotherapy Institute’s Master Speaker Series where I continue my education on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process consists of an initial session where we discuss the client’s needs, establish the goals for therapy, and generally get to know each other. There is some paperwork to fill out and some information gathering, such as family history, background, financial agreements, and insurance information. The most important part of the intake is the engagement process and making sure that the therapeutic relationship is a good fit. I take a multidimensional approach in the therapeutic process. I help my client first with coping skills that address current symptoms before moving into a cognitive approach where we explore how thoughts and feelings are processed into behaviors. I like to go deeper in order to explore how it happened that these thoughts and feelings got there in the first place. I enjoy working with men and women who seek to explore their own curiosities of their lives and learn how they can be empowered to make changes or to cope with stress. I don't often give homework; however, I do like to help my clients integrate the coping skills they learn into their daily routines.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that every human being on the planet is worthy of love and happiness; the problem is that people often don’t believe that about themselves. Struggling with feeling unloved and unlovable is part of what creates conflicts. This is how I like to approach my work with trauma-focused therapy and with relationship challenges.
“I believe that every human being on the planet is worthy of love and happiness; the problem is that people often don’t believe that about themselves.”