“My approach to therapy combines spending time processing emotions, beliefs, and situations as well as learning coping skills and new skills to deal with the current situation and start making progress.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my first career and I have complemented it with teaching on a bachelor’s level as well as consulting for businesses in the areas of employee and organizational development. That combined with my training as a personal and business coach has helped me to see the individual as a whole and from different perspectives. My experience also allows me to take a strategic approach to problem-solving.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer a 15-minute initial consultation on the phone to make sure we are a good fit; if we are not, I will refer the client to another therapist. After the consultation, we have an intake session where we talk more in depth about the present problem, personal history, family history, and life in general as we set goals for the therapeutic process and decide the frequency of the therapy sessions. Generally, we meet once per week for an hour via telehealth and the client leaves the session with some homework related to what we processed during the session and relevant to the goals established during the intake. It is hard to gauge the duration of the process because each person and each situation is different. My approach to therapy combines spending time processing emotions, beliefs, and situations as well as learning coping skills and new skills to deal with the current situation and start making progress.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I see the individual as a whole and that's why I'm interested in learning and working from an integrative perspective. I have training in mindfulness and I'm earning a certification in integrative mental health in order to work with the impact the mind and body have on each other. I have also completed trainings in cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values of empathy, respect, and honesty shape my approach to therapy by allowing me to put myself in my client’s situation and understand their experiences, thoughts, and emotions while acknowledging them and validating them to help them change what they need to change. Respect and honesty also allow me to always strive to do the best for my clients without judgment.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm very excited about being able to connect to clients via telehealth because it opens the possibility for clients to access therapy and takes away some of the barriers to it. It is also a more flexible approach to therapy and is innovative, which is one of my values.
“I see the individual as a whole and that's why I'm interested in learning and working from an integrative perspective.”