“My approach to therapy is client-centered; you will be met where you are without judgment, and together we will find what modality works best for you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Clinical social work is my first career; throughout my life, I have been drawn to observing the people around me and watching how individuals get their emotional needs met. I was curious about how adults created and maintained all kinds of relationships, what made them last, and what made them end. I have had the honor of hearing stories of individuals in community mental health settings, private practice, and the court systems. Throughout my 20 years of experience, I have aimed to provide clients the opportunity to have some of their emotional needs met through psychotherapy and find improvement in their relationships with themselves and subsequently, with others.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach to therapy is client-centered; you will be met where you are without judgment, and together we will find what modality works best for you. Psychoeducation and learning effective regulation strategies work for some people; exploring personal history and understanding the “whys” works for others. For some, an eclectic modality can help create the movement they are looking for. I enjoy working with adults seeking their authentic self and those who are motivated to connect how they feel with where they are and where they see themselves. I appreciate the uniqueness of the first responder experience and provide a safe space for all first responders and their families.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Collaboration with other professionals adds to my understanding of the human experience in ways that I may not have considered from my own lens. Collaboration adds valuable resources to my practice that I can share with my clients. Continuing education via certifications, webinars, and other learning opportunities keeps me updated on current treatment methods and “old school” ways of approaching contemporary issues. I enjoy continuing to learn about how early relationships impact adult relationships, especially in our current online world.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
People often equate psychotherapy with change or changing who they are. I believe that authenticity plays a large part in living the life we want to live. My approach to therapy includes encouraging clients to create, access, or make peace with their authentic selves so that they can live confidently in their truth.
“My approach to therapy includes encouraging clients to create, access, or make peace with their authentic selves so that they can live confidently in their truth.”