“I knew I wanted to work in a field where I could help people, and that desire, and my personal experiences with my own therapist, brought me to clinical social work.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
I have always loved getting to know people and hearing their stories and how they think and view the world. I knew I wanted to work in a field where I could help people, and that desire, and my personal experiences with my own therapist, brought me to clinical social work. I have worked in hospital settings, agency settings, and residential settings. I believe the fit between the therapist and the client is the key ingredient to bringing about change. The types of therapy and techniques are also important, but they are just the seasoning in the recipe. I have completed specialized training in meditation practice, mindfulness, applied behavior analysis, and polyvagal theory. I use elements of all this training in my work with my clients. At the start of therapy, we will set goals based on your individual needs and wants and we will work together to achieve those goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is when we start to get to know each other. It is when you decide if we are a good fit and will work well together. It will be more of a conversation about your history and what brought you to therapy. Sometimes, we don’t notice progress because it is hard to remember what things were like before. I think it is important to note progress as it occurs, and I will point progress out to you as we go. I will assign homework from time to time if I believe it will be helpful and further the therapeutic process. I love to work with anyone looking to make a positive change in their life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am an avid reader of books of all types by fellow mental health practitioners. A few of my favorite authors are Tara Brach, PhD; Mark Epstein, MD; Jack Kornfeld; Deb Dana, LCSW; and Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. I am currently reading Bonnie Badenoch, MA, LMFT. I also love to attend courses on mindfulness and meditation topics as well as new therapy modalities. I recently attended a course by Deb Dana, LCSW on polyvagal theory.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have participated in my own therapy for many years, and it has helped me immensely. I believe change is always possible no matter how entrenched you may feel in your current situation. Change is possible and, together, we can work to achieve that change.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very interested in the research being done in the areas of neurobiology, attachment theory, and polyvagal theory. I’m interested in how our early childhood brain development is impacted by our environment and, more importantly, how, as adults, we can work to change those patterns and develop new ways of reacting and coping with stress in our environment, which can impact our whole life outlook.
“I have completed specialized training in meditation practice, mindfulness, applied behavior analysis, and polyvagal theory.”