“My theoretical lens is a combination of two theories: Gestalt therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I realized I wanted to become a therapist when I was a junior in college. My encounter with a man who was brought into the ER two nights in a row established this path. Because I took the time to listen to him and offer support, he felt motivated to tackle his challenges and his grief so that he could make it to his mother’s funeral. When he thanked me afterwards, something inside of me clicked and I felt compelled to pursue a career that would enable me to help more people in this way. After working in different settings, such as nonprofit, for-profit, outpatient, and inpatient, I gained a lot of experience and learned what was needed for me to continue to do this work optimally, which led me to opening my private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
Working with me is a collaborative process. My theoretical lens is a combination of two theories: Gestalt therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Therefore, I focus on the connection among thoughts/beliefs, feelings, and emotion as well as the connections among relationships, the past, and what’s happening in the here and now. The process of therapy begins with intake, discussing fees, communication, and best practices for virtual sessions. Afterwards, we focus on building rapport and exploring what is currently happening in your life so that we can outline a treatment plan, which is reviewed every three months to assess your progress. I like to meet on a weekly basis at the same day and time to establish a consistent routine. Life happens and things come up, so I am flexible in rescheduling when needed. However, there are policies and fees surrounding no-shows and cancellations that do not occur with a 24-hour notice. All of this will be discussed in our first session.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently a doctoral candidate in a counselor education program. Along the way of working in different settings, I became excited about teaching and training others who are passionate to do this work as well. In addition to the courses I’ve completed, I attend conferences and workshops to continually build my competencies as a therapist. The focus usually consists of multicultural topics and social justice, pedagogy and supervision, and new information on evidence-based practices.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
A core value that shapes my approach to therapy is the belief that people can change, even though human beings do not like change. They refuse it, run from it, suppress it, or fight it away, but change is a constant part of life. My time doing this work has shown me how much change or progress can happen when people show up for themselves. Helping people work through the changes they want to make in themselves or in their lives is part of my life’s purpose and an honor that I cherish deeply.
“Therefore, I focus on the connection among thoughts/beliefs, feelings, and emotion as well as the connections among relationships, the past, and what’s happening in the here and now.”