“I genuinely want to know your story, not only how you came to find yourself in this place but how I can help you recognize your potential and empower you to live your best, most fulfilling life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by people’s behavior and have wanted to understand what makes them who they are. At a young age, I found myself being a person of support for those who were going through something difficult, and I always enjoyed being able to be there for others, reassuring them they were not alone. As a young adult, I found myself needing support after losing my husband suddenly. While walking through my journey toward healing from grief, I realized my passion for helping others face their own difficulties and find healing in their lives. I decided to pursue a career as a mental health counselor. I continued my postgraduate training and received certifications in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and complex trauma. The training I have received has allowed me to utilize an integrative approach with clients to help them find hope and healing. I plan to continue my training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
What should someone know about working with you?
I genuinely want to know your story, not only how you came to find yourself in this place but how I can help you recognize your potential and empower you to live your best, most fulfilling life. During our initial session, I will listen carefully to develop a shared understanding of how your experiences have impacted the way you feel about yourself. I want to build a trusting relationship where you can feel safe enough to allow yourself to be vulnerable. This is where the work takes place, when you can let down your walls and feel comfortable being who you are. I promise to show up for you, and I want you to be committed to our work together. I will help you look at things from a new perspective so you can find new ways of thinking and behaving that better serve you. I utilize cognitive behavioral strategies, mindfulness techniques, and creative interventions as well as a variety of strategies that will help you move toward hope and healing.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am genuine, authentic, caring, compassionate, trustworthy, respectful, and I value integrity. These core values inform every aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. From the way I interact with clients to how I raise my children to treat each other and interact in the world, I live these values daily. Culturally, I am in a lifelong process of learning, engaging in self-reflection, and increasing self-awareness. As a straight white female, I understand that my identity impacts how I view the world, and I value the opportunities I have to learn from others whose backgrounds and experiences differ from mine. I may never truly know what it feels like to live their experiences, but I value and appreciate the opportunity to create a safe space, see through the perspectives of others, and learn from them.
“I want to build a trusting relationship where you can feel safe enough to allow yourself to be vulnerable.”