“Through my experiences, I have shaped my practice around the motto, "You are the expert in your life; I'm just your navigator."”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my second career; I worked in dental prior to becoming a therapist and most of my life, I have worked in areas of helping and healing. I kind of "fell" into trauma work when my husband was in the military and I witnessed his struggles. It was then that I wanted to help people heal from their invisible wounds. After graduate school, I worked (and continue to work) in private practice with children, teens, and adults. Working in private practice has given me the opportunity to better understand the human experience from childhood through adulthood. It has also opened my eyes to various approaches, including nontraditional ones that can be used to heal. Through my experiences, I have shaped my practice around the motto, "You are the expert in your life; I'm just your navigator." You and I come up with a treatment plan together based on your needs, not mine. I have specialized training and certification in the reconsolidation of traumatic memories (RTM), EMDR, and IFS.
What should someone know about working with you?
I begin with a thorough intake process that will allow us to explore the biological, psychological, and social experiences that have shaped you. When working with me, progress will be measured by your experiences and reactions to stressors. You'll practice techniques learned in session to assist you during the week, but I do not assign homework unless requested (as a clinician, I have realized people are too dang busy for homework!). The clients who work well with me are open, curious, ready to heal, and straightforward.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a nerd as well as a geek. If being a professional student paid my bills, you'd find me in the back of a classroom. I am constantly attending training online and in person, looking for new and innovative approaches to healing. This is specifically because our experiences are different and unique. My interests and stressors are not the same as my parents' generation and certainly not the same as my children's generation, so why should I expect my clients to experience success with a cookie-cutter approach?
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a BIPOC clinician and the wife and mother of veterans, I've had the opportunity to see how encompassing healing can be. With the right tools, we all have the ability to heal from situational, psychological, and emotional traumas.
“The clients who work well with me are open, curious, ready to heal, and straightforward.”