“In my own practice, I work with adolescents and young adults who are seeking the skills, confidence, and motivation to function more effectively each day.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I started college, I was a typical 17-year old. I struggled to understand who I was or where I was going. I considered medical school but I learned that I wanted to work in a helping profession, just not in a medical setting. Once I took my first course in psychotherapy, I realized that I had found a path that combined my interests and my strengths. I have always been an empathic listener and a source of support for those around me. I started my career working with adolescent women in foster care, where I learned about trauma, anxiety, and suffering, but most significantly I learned about resilience. I grew passionate about helping young individuals identify their strengths and their potential. In my own practice, I work with adolescents and young adults who are seeking the skills, confidence, and motivation to function more effectively each day. I use CBT and DBT to help clients recognize their own strengths and grow from their weaknesses for a better, more confident life.
What should someone know about working with you?
Before I start meeting with a client, I conduct a brief consultation to understand their reasons for starting therapy, their current concerns, and how they hope to identify a fit with a therapist. I pride myself in being transparent with my clients; I explain the modalities of therapy that I practice, the process of setting goals, and the importance of the therapeutic fit and relationship between the client and therapist. I enjoy working with adolescents and young adults. I also enjoy working with clients who are developing self-awareness and insight into their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I value honesty, balance, and a strengths-based perspective. As a therapist, I offer a balance of validation and critical resistance to allow clients to learn how to accept the things they cannot change and change the things they can. I help clients recognize their own strengths to promote resilience and develop effective coping skills. I am honest and direct in a therapeutic manner, which allows clients to feel safe, comfortable, and ready to strive toward their goals.
“I utilize CBT and DBT to help clients recognize their own strengths and grow from their weaknesses for a better, more confident life.”