“It is important for me to understand why any of my clients are seeking therapy and to ensure that I can equip them with the tools they need to reach their therapeutic goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a child, I always had a natural desire to help and encourage other people. In my first few jobs, I worked as an after school program and summer camp counselor and dance instructor. These experiences allowed me to meet people from various walks of life and laid the foundation for my career path. Fast forward to me pursuing a degree in business management, where I continued to work with adolescents and young adults at various nonprofits, which then led me to think that I should go back to school to pursue a masters in social work. I haven't looked back since!
What should someone know about working with you?
During intake sessions, I present clients with an opportunity to share about themselves and to learn more about me and my approach to therapy. I encourage clients to ask questions that will allow them to feel more comfortable with me and to share any goals or expectations they may have for our work together. In subsequent sessions, I begin working with clients to identify circumstances, feelings, and relationships that they would like to discuss. I am very personable and open to feedback. I am also intentional about creating a safe space where clients feel heard and understood. I integrate cognitive behavioral therapy as well as Motivational Interviewing within my sessions and will occasionally suggest additional work or practice outside of our scheduled time together.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration with other providers informs my work in many ways. It allows me to stay connected and creates opportunities for providers to share relevant resources. I currently participate in a weekly supervision group where I learn about working with various populations, new ways to approach therapy, and ways to contribute back to the field of social work. Recently, I joined a study group about Parent-Child Interaction therapy to learn more about working with families. This will eventually allow me to develop a new skill set that I can put into practice as a therapist. On an integrated team, I find it beneficial to meet with other providers to approach treatment from a more holistic point of view.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I would encourage anyone who is hesitant to try therapy to consider its benefits. I have worked with many clients to address their concerns regarding therapy in order to help them move forward. Therapy allows individuals and groups to receive support from a skilled professional regarding topics that are important to them. Before our first session, I will address any questions regarding fees, scheduling, confidentiality, and my professional experience with clients. It is important for me to understand why any of my clients are seeking therapy and to ensure that I can equip them with the tools they need to reach their therapeutic goals.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited that therapists and various mental health professionals are working together to create new opportunities and greater access for all people. I look forward to continued conversations about mental health and areas for improvement across organizations, within cities, and on a national level. It is imperative that we continue to shed light on mental health awareness and minimize the stigma we so often hear about. Now, through teletherapy and other remote services, individuals and families can access mental health professionals from the comfort of their own home.
“I look forward to continued conversations about mental health and areas for improvement.”