“Through my private practice, I have continued my work in solid organ transplant support, bariatric surgery, weight loss evaluation and services, and chronic pain management.”
hat was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have wanted to be a psychologist since the moment I set foot in my AP psychology class in high school; I was fascinated by human behavior, emotions, and neuroscience. During my first practicum in my graduate training, I was exposed to the world of health psychology and never looked back. It has always been my passion and I sought training and jobs within hospital settings as a trainee and early career psychologist. I am now in private practice and provide outpatient services to medical clients and the community in general. Through my private practice, I have continued my work in solid organ transplant support, bariatric surgery, weight loss evaluation and services, and chronic pain management. I have also incorporated GI psychology into my practice after becoming involved with the Rome Foundation.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am pretty casual and only semi-structured in my intake process. I view this as a time for me to get to know the client and come up with a treatment plan that would be the most beneficial to them as well as a time for the client to gauge how comfortable they are with me. There is nothing I hate more than for a client to not feel a connection and write off therapy completely! Depending on the client, I will assign some relaxation or mindfulness exercises to practice, books or chapters to read, and/or worksheets to complete. If my client hates homework, I will not assign it.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I really enjoy engaging in continuing education courses on ACT, mindfulness, and psychotherapeutic support for medical clients. I am also currently in the process of earning my master's degree in psychopharmacology with the hope of being a one-stop-shop for clients who may need both therapy and medication (if Florida passses legislation allowing psychologists to prescribe as other states have).
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited by telehealth and the shift in psychologists being able to prescribe in some states. I think mental health care is hard to come by and these are just some of the tools that help make appropriate care more accessible to everyone!
“Depending on the client, I will assign some relaxation or mindfulness exercises to practice, books or chapters to read, and/or worksheets to complete.”