“Many behavioral models identify the biopsychosocial model (biological, psychological, and social considerations) but faith or belief in a higher power is important to many!”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My decision to become a licensed therapist was an easy choice to make. I love helping others and have been assisting with counseling support as a volunteer for over 15 years in the areas of crisis and domestic violence. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings that have greatly broadened my expertise. I’ve worked in hospitals, school districts, the Department of Corrections, and the family community model, offering outpatient support for addiction recovery and several severe mental health issues. I am thankful for my long-standing passion for the counseling profession and serving in my community. Through discovering freedom in my own personal trials, I have been able to be a source of encouragement and support for others in their times of need.
What should someone know about working with you?
Be yourself! Everyone is different and I understand how difficult it can be to find the right fit in a therapist! I am very respectful of that process and think it is important to support my clients in ways that are personally meaningful to them. The intake process allows the opportunity to build rapport and establish helpful goals that will best enhance the therapeutic process. Support resources and treatment planning are always provided as requested or desired so individuals can keep track of their progress and identify any follow-up goals or additional support as needed.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I naturally enjoy learning new things and studying a depth of various research among different modalities to best support the various clients I serve. I love discovering new ways to support the therapeutic process as much as possible, which allows me to connect with a multitude of individuals with varying mental health needs. My long-term goal is completing my doctoral degree, which will continue to deepen my clinical knowledge and expertise.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about growing support for mental health awareness. We all face challenges, setbacks, and personal stress and it helps to simply have someone to talk to. Many individuals have grown up learning to "keep it all in" and as we know, that is incredibly overwhelming and only intensifies symptoms. We all need support and I'm so grateful that reaching out for help is becoming more attainable and welcomed!
Can I incorporate faith in my treatment?
Many behavioral models identify the biopsychosocial model (biological, psychological, and social considerations) but faith or belief in a higher power is important to many! The way one's faith or culture impacts how they find meaning is important and always welcome.
“The way one's faith or culture impacts how they find meaning is important and always welcome.”