What made you decide to become a counselor?
I originally was a biology major in college. I took a psychology course and quickly realized biology was not the path for me. I started to think about how I was always the one friends and family members came to in time of need. I changed my major to psychology and haven’t regretted it since!
How would you describe what therapy looks like in your office?
I strive to create a relaxed and judgment-free atmosphere where patients can come and feel comfortable. My patients come to me sharing stressors or experiences they have never shared with anyone else, so I feel it is my job to make sure they do not feel embarrassed or criticized in any way.
Do you have a particular theory or type of treatment you use?
While I do not use the same approach with every patient, I do tend to use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) frequently. CBT teaches patients how their thoughts impact their emotions and behavior. Together, my patients and I work on changing their negative thought patterns so that their quality of day-to-day living is improved.
Tell us a little about your life away from work.
When I’m not working, I like to travel and spend time with my family, friends, and my 2 fur-babies.
If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
If I could be any animal, I would be a dog. They are loyal and selfless and exhibit unconditional love.