“My private practice work provides a welcome shift of focus at the start or end of my day; it offers me balance and offers my clients a therapist who brings to session knowledge from diverse experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My career in mental health has come full circle. My undergrad major was psychology and after graduating, I worked with teenagers in a group home and then for a county social services office interviewing families. Like so many, I second guessed my career path and shifted into business. After several years in sales and marketing, I missed public service and decided to return to graduate school. My doctorate is in clinical psychology with a forensic specialization. For over ten years, I have worked full-time as a psychologist in forensic/correctional settings. My private practice work provides a welcome shift of focus from my day-to-day; and offers my clients a therapist who brings to session knowledge from diverse experiences.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process involves an interview of current symptoms and concerns, including what led you to seek therapy, and your goals. Depending on your concerns, I can generally give an idea about how many sessions to expect before we see progress. I have extensive experience working with the full DBT model and CBT and I will adapt my approach depending on the clients need for structure and agreed upon modality. I generally work with teenagers and adults.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited by the evolving telehealth platforms and the opportunity they offer clients to match with therapists who may not have otherwise been available to them.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
My research has mostly involved adapting DBT to various populations and comparing DBT to treatment as usual groups for specific populations (e.g., borderline personality disorder). I have worked on two randomized control trials that required adherence to the full DBT model, and I have researched ways in which certain individuals misinterpret various expressions of emotions, leading to dysregulation.
“Depending on your concerns, I can generally give an idea on how many sessions you can expect before progress is seen.”