Since childhood, I knew I’d work in the field of psychology. I was initially drawn to theater and film; in college, I realized my love for acting was more of a love for character development than it was a love for performing. I enjoy learning about people, which, in counseling, leads to guiding people to learn about themselves. I am a listener and observer who strives to make sure the people in my care feel supported and validated. I’ve spent my career as a clinical director and executive director of a nonprofit mental health agency while counseling in a private practice setting. My counseling experience is in addictions, anxiety, depression, stress management, grief, and personal development. I’ve found a niche in working with people experiencing life transitions, including graduation, career change, retirement, marriage, a new baby, an empty nest, illness or injury, divorce, and grief.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
I look at the whole picture instead of one specific issue. We’ll focus on overall wellness, tuning into all the different areas of life and looking for patterns that led to you seeking counseling. I often find ways to extend therapy beyond one hour a week, through setting goals and assigning activities, or simply asking you to reflect on our session throughout the week. This is never required, however. If you’ve had counseling before, every counselor is different and if this is your first time seeking out counseling, you might have some ideas of what’s supposed to happen. I want to make sure we’re on the same page about what will happen and what won’t happen. This process is about you, not me, so our communication and trust is essential to your success.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
The methods I use above all else follow the assumption that you know yourself better than anyone else ever could. You may not believe this right now and my job is to help you bring out your feelings, needs, and sense of identity. Rather than following rigid modalities that I expect you to become familiar with, I practice modalities based on your preferences and specific needs. Early conversations will determine which modalities are appropriate and within your comfort level, which may include things like cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, or recreational therapies.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
Everyone is capable of change and deserves autonomy, respect, and dignity. No two people are the same and should never be treated the same. It is my job to learn about your individuality and learn what works and doesn't work. My passion for learning and listening includes sensitivity to the uniqueness of each person's history, culture, beliefs, and desires. My biggest strength tends to be working with people experiencing burnout related to work or facing stressors due to change. These are things we're expected to not talk about with friends and family. We're expected to be happy with our jobs and excited for change, but that's not realistic! Change is hard and no matter how satisfying our work is, it can all become too much. I'd love to help you find life balance and new perspective.