“I realized that regardless of our individual struggles, we all share a common narrative; I believe that this realization can liberate the suffering and struggling person who thinks they're alone.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist was based on my lived experience as a participant in mental health services. Attempting to manage my personal struggles alone was an overwhelming experience, which only added to feelings of isolation. Eventually, I committed to attending psychotherapy and recovered from my struggles. It was then that I realized that regardless of our individual struggles, we all share a common narrative; I believe that this realization can liberate the suffering and struggling person who thinks they're alone. I've worked in numerous settings throughout my career as a LCSW. These included supervising master-level clinicians, private practices, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric emergency rooms, therapeutic foster care agencies, and as a director of mental health clinics. I'm certified in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and specialized in psychodynamic psychotherapy in graduate school.
What should someone know about working with you?
My therapeutic approach is individually-tailored to each client. The intake process consists of completing a standard intake questionnaire, which gives me an understanding of what you're experiencing so that we can prioritize your immediate needs. I believe in a person-centered and collaborative approach to therapy. This involves being open to an eclectic approach, which is a useful tool to guide us along your path to recovery as it allows a platform to explore effective coping skills that can be utilized outside of therapy sessions.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm very excited that telehealth is being utilized as a platform to provide effective mental health! I'm specifically interested in emerging fields of telehealth-related research, especially regarding the ways that telehealth interfaces with client risk stratification, informs social determinants of health, and incorporates evidence-based interventions.
“I'm certified in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and specialized in psychodynamic psychotherapy in graduate school.”