“I am a progressive-thinking, nonjudgmental, positive therapist who is accepting of others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my career as a certified school counselor, helping high school children select career goals, build interpersonal skills, and self-regulate feelings and emotions. I completed my doctorate in education after obtaining two master’s degrees in counseling. I began my professional private practice in February of 2018. I hold the following certifications: Certified parent trainer; certified gender-affirming therapist; trained pet bereavement specialist; registered play therapist; and licensed chemical dependency counselor. I am in the process of completing my bariatric surgery evaluations certification and I recently completed my certificate to provide gender reassignment evaluations. All the training I have obtained has helped me become a better therapist and able to offer various services in my private practice. I so enjoy working in private practice to help people on their journeys to healing.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a progressive-thinking, nonjudgmental, positive therapist who is accepting of others. My intake process is completely paperless and everything is right at your fingertips. I often assign homework between sessions, which typically includes self-reflection. I have enjoyed working with individuals, children, and families in play therapy and working together to find positive solutions. I am very familiar with the public school system and know how to help people who are experiencing work-related stress as well as depression.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Every six months, I like to take training in areas where clients have the greatest needs. I enjoy challenging myself by learning new techniques. Staying abreast of clients' needs is something that's important to me. I consider myself a lifelong learner and learning is a two-way street. I learned how to play Roblox from my teenage clients and doing things like this helps me relate to my clients better.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My values of working hard, being honest, and helping others have paid off in how I approach my practice.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I enjoy using telehealth to reach people all over the state so much that I'm licensed. Telehealth is great for college students, alleviates the need for transportation, and allows counseling from the comfort of your couch. Research shows that telehealth is just as effective as in-person counseling sessions.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have done some research on neurodiverse couples. I find it interesting and challenging how each person processes information differently as well as the challenges that information presents.
“I am very familiar with the public school system and know how to help people who are experiencing work-related stress as well as depression.”