“My core values were shaped by my mother who was a nurse, my father who was a businessman, and my family's participation in church.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Initially, I started my career as a registered music therapist. At age 50, I returned to school and earned a second degree in social work. I felt I would be able to help others clinically as a social worker.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process includes learning about the client, their history, and their relationships with family members. I also discuss their history of mental illness, past treatment, medical issues, present living arrangements, and drug and alcohol use.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I attend several webinars from the Sweet Institute on various topics.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values were shaped by my mother who was a nurse, my father who was a businessman, and my family's participation in church. I learned to accept those who are different from me.
Do you feel that your future is mapped out for you according to your family's path?
No, you have control of your destiny if you do the work.
“I learned to accept those who are different from me.”