“I am interested in learning about the person and helping them rewrite their life story by exploring past trauma, working on coping skills, enhancing self-esteem, and restoring emotional balance.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I believe what drew me to therapy and my overall interest in the human mind was my early interest in reading memoirs. I love them! I still read at least one memoir a month. My understanding of different people's journeys through life left a lasting impression and led me to my career as a mental health counselor. I have conducted research in a hospital, worked at outpatient mental health clinics, worked in a substance abuse clinic, and now have a private practice. My wide range of experience has allowed me to treat various conditions and led to my current specialties in anxiety, depression, peripartum and postpartum mood and depressive disorders, and other life stressors. I am interested in learning about the person and helping them rewrite their life story by exploring past trauma, working on coping skills, enhancing self-esteem, and restoring emotional balance.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process begins with a session where I collect a lot of information (which is called a biopsychosocial). Once we go through this structured collection of info, we collaborate together on deciding the area of focus. We develop a plan, explore the roots of certain behaviors or emotions, and work on building resilience and self-esteem. Progress includes accomplishing goals, but it also includes continuously creating new ones. Sometimes, I will assign self-growth assignments, but all of my treatment plans are highly individualized. I strongly believe there is no cookie-cutter way to treat people, so I help my clients figure out what's right for them.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a firm believer in always continuing to learn. I love reading new literature on mental health, wellness, and self-help. I try to regularly connect with other providers and collaborate on best practices and new scientific findings in addition to taking courses and training on mindfulness and CBT.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I enjoy reading about mindfulness practices and the evolving science behind why practices such as meditation work on a neurological level. I am also excited to learn more about the gut-brain connection and seeing how this can be applied to my holistic practice.
“We develop a plan, explore the roots of certain behaviors or emotions, and work on building resilience and self-esteem.”