“I am inspired by and look for resiliency in people and believe there is good in everyone.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Before becoming a therapist, I owned my own business and also worked in customer service and technical jobs. I have always wanted to serve others and found that all roads prepared me for my role as a therapist. My most important role was in local community service organizations, helping provide more access to those in need of mental health services. I worked with the local schools to reduce truancy and gang violence. I worked with the Salvation Army to link individuals to emergency food and housing programs. I worked with other local businesses, churches, and politicians to improve programs. Throughout my journey, I learned that there was a need for more qualified therapists who were also interested in being change agents. I am passionate about working with people and enjoy what I do!
What should someone know about working with you?
I am inspired by and look for resiliency in people and believe there is good in everyone. I have seen what encouragement and skill-building can do to help others find ways to self-empowerment. I am aware of the courage it takes to start therapy and I am grateful to be part of that process. I take a nonjudgmental approach to sensitive topics in therapy and enjoy open and supportive dialog in sessions.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very grateful for telehealth! Having lived in rural and small communities, I understand how difficult it is for individuals and families to make it to therapy. Work schedules, weather, sick family members, and lack of transportation are frequent barriers to accessing therapy in a formal setting. Telehealth removes many of these barriers and provides clients greater access to care.
“I have seen what encouragement and skill-building can do to help others find ways to self-empowerment.”