“I have a knack for reflecting back the thoughts and feelings of my clients in a way that helps them make sense of their lived experience.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I studied psychology as an undergraduate student and went on to complete a Master’s in Clinical Social Work. I started my career at a local youth shelter as a social work intern and went on to become an outpatient therapist with a local non-profit, serving adolescents on site, at their schools, and in their homes. I then completed a certification in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to support youth with trauma exposure. While starting my private practice, JoyfulMind Therapy, I expanded my scope to include geriatric clients in assisted living facilities and joined the on-call pool of social workers for the local Mobile Crisis Unit, providing crisis stabilization services to three surrounding counties. I worked with my local school district as a school social worker and provided consultative support to schools in my assigned area while working in private practice part time. Today, I am in private practice full time and am nearing the completion of a certification in Gottman-method couples therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have a gentle approach and strive to meet you where you are. I have a knack for reflecting back the thoughts and feelings of my clients in a way that helps them make sense of their lived experience. I offer education, when appropriate, to help clients begin to loosen the areas where they might be feeling stuck. I offer training and experience with CBT, mindfulness-based practices, narrative therapy, and more. I may also assign homework when appropriate and upon request.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in ongoing training and education throughout the year. I am currently working on a certification in Gottman-method couples therapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have been studying meditation and mindfulness for over 12 years and many of these practices show up in my therapeutic style. I am open and accepting of all cultures, religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities. I like to keep an open line of communication with my clients and am willing to adjust my style to meet your needs. Please advocate for yourself and your needs in session — I will do my very best to support you.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about trauma-informed care practices and am always looking to improve my therapeutic style to be a better advocate for my clients.
“Please advocate for yourself and your needs in session — I will do my very best to support you.”