What made you decide to become a psychologist?
Like many undergraduates, I had a difficult time deciding what major I should choose in order to find a job that was simultaneously challenging yet rewarding. My search ended when I took a clinical psychology class my sophomore year, and I realized that pursuing a career in the mental health field would allow me to help others work through some of the most difficult chapters in their lives.
How would you describe what therapy looks like in your office?
As a therapist, I strive to adapt my skill set to meet the needs of each patient that walks through my door. Doing so not only allows him or her to feel comfortable, but fosters a safe, trusting, and nonjudgmental relationship that ensures a strong therapeutic alliance. Given my personality, I tend to use humor and real life examples/scenarios to make therapy an enjoyable yet practical experience.
Do you have a particular theory or type of treatment you use?
Depending on the age of my patient, I primarily utilize a behavioral or cognitive-behavioral theoretical framework that emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to assessment and therapy. I feel that one of the great things about cognitive-behavioral therapy is that it is patient-driven, and allows the opinions, feelings, and goals of each individual to shape the treatment process.
Tell us a little about your life away from work.
When I’m not at work, I love spending time with family and friends, playing with my dog, being outdoors, gardening (or, if I’m honest with myself, desperately trying to keep plants alive), and spending time at the beach. I love comedy and all its iterations (e.g., standup, funny twitter), and also spend too much time listening to true crime podcasts.
If they made a movie about your life who would play you?
I have been told several times that I remind people of Melissa McCarthy, and I always hope they are not referring to her role in Bridesmaids. I would be honored for her to play me in a movie because I think she is a hilarious, strong woman.