“I have learned that everyone's journey is their own and how to provide a safe space for them to heal.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My initial career choice was not mental health but when I took a job in a treatment center for youth, I literally found my calling and haven't looked back. I found a connection with myself and others as well as an intrinsic reward I didn't even know existed. Working in treatment centers, group homes, hospitals, emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and group practices has provided me with a solid foundation for my private practice. I have learned that everyone's journey is their own and how to provide a safe space for them to heal.
What should someone know about working with you?
I'm very passionate about what I do! I put my heart and soul into my work and try to work as hard as — but never harder than — my clients. I enjoy working with those who know there is a need for change, even if they don't know what it is yet.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I take advantage of CEUs and training in the areas of trauma, mindfulness, IFS, CBT, and more. I participate in a colleague supervision group. I read books that help me learn more about the populations I see and learn about other areas (polyamory, ADHD, etc.) that could support my current population. I am a member of the NASW.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about ending the taboos and stigma around mental health. I am excited to hear more and more people validate the idea of talking to somebody and recognizing that it’s okay to take a mental health day. I am excited that mental health is becoming the new physical health.
“I put my heart and soul into my work and try to work as hard as — but never harder than — my clients.”