“I’m committed to strengthening families and individuals so they can lead happy, fulfilling, and chaos-free lives!”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I truly believe that this is my calling; I’ve known I wanted to be a therapist since I was 15-years-old. Like many of you, I have gone through life struggles but it’s precisely those life experiences that have helped me become the clinician I am today. I’m committed to strengthening families and individuals so they can lead happy, fulfilling, and chaos-free lives! I started my career at a mental health community-based agency that served the Medicaid population and worked with individuals in home and school settings. I have worked for several years in the school system, first as a school social worker and then as a family counselor at a behavioral school. Working in the schools has given me a lot of knowledge and understanding about how schools are run and how I can assist parents, school-aged clients, and teachers/staff with any problems they may have in that arena. I've also owned my own private practice, Hope and Health Counseling Center, Inc., since 2015.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a dedicated therapist who is truly down-to-earth, genuine, and nonjudgmental and someone who can empathize with your problems. We can determine together if I would be the best therapist to work with you and/or your family. I do not take this lightly and I think it is very important that I make sure I can help you and/or your family. I hear many stories from my clients about nonproductive experiences in therapy or — worse — harmful ones that cause years of pain to linger. I make a conscious effort to ensure that this does not happen to my clients; I’m here to make things better, not worse. In the first couple of sessions, I get to know the client extensively by looking at their family dynamics, upbringing, relationships, school, work, medical issues, and more. This gives me a snapshot of who you are. I mostly use cognitive behavioral therapy, talk therapy, and play therapy. I assign homework to many of my clients but not all, because it depends on the client’s specific needs and treatment goals.
How can clients get the most out of therapy?
Active participation and dedication are crucial to a client’s success. Therapy is usually one session per week, so it’s the work that the clients do outside of our sessions that will really help clients see their personal growth and development and achieve their goals.
“I am a dedicated therapist who is truly down-to-earth, genuine, and nonjudgmental and someone who can empathize with your problems.”