“I believe relationships and connections are key factors that guide us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My decision to be a social worker was my core belief that knowledge and insight are powerful tools for happiness, health, and wellbeing. I find insight and change a part of growth and that has always been meaningful to me. Part of being a therapist is knowing that therapy is one of the few places where we're welcome to be our complete selves, unconditionally, with the goal of working on unpacking emotional baggage and uncovering new pathways to brighter futures. I started providing therapy in 1999 at a methadone clinic to clients addicted to heroin and other drugs and then moved on to forensic work for the next 11 years, working at Walpole State Prison and on the San Quentin State Prison's mental health team. I presently have a private practice, working in telehealth exclusively, and continue to help others tap into their strengths in order to live a more fulfilled life.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that connection is key and that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects of successful treatment. My goal as your therapist is to help you work toward living a happier, more fulfilling life. There are a few online forms to complete prior to the first session so I have the information about what brings you to therapy, any pertinent history, and the goals you would like to focus on before we meet. My sessions can be very structured (usually with CBT, assignments, readings, and homework) or I can simply lend an empathetic ear. Each session and client are unique and I tailor my approach as needed.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The specific types of continuing education courses and training I have participated in focus on CBT, DBT, NLP, addiction, anxiety and phobia, mindfulness, positive psychology, ACT therapy, and attachment theory with individuals and groups. I also like the community that Alma provides as a collaborating source with other providers. That collaboration will benefit my clients as a collective resource to better enhance their therapeutic experiences.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe relationships and connections are key factors that guide us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Getting to know you as an individual and developing a sound working relationship with mutual dignity and respect are key values that motivate me in my therapy practice.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am so excited about having the platform to communicate through telehealth. I deliver face-to-face video therapy to you in the comfort of your own home in the states of Florida (SW17169) and Massachusetts (LICSW111110). Telehealth is excellent for lifestyle balance and a variety of life issues. It provides easier access to students and professionals attempting a work-life balance, relief for people with health and mobility issues, and value to people without transportation.
“Getting to know you as an individual and developing a sound working relationship with mutual dignity and respect are key values that motivate me in my therapy practice.”