My approach is client-centered, empowering clients to embrace perceived weaknesses to utilize as strengths while providing understanding, compassion, and support. I have a naturally Solution-Focused mindset, which helps me guide clients in creating and working toward sustainable and desired goals. Spirituality is also the foundation of many of our lives, and I have experience working with clients from a faith-based approach, integrating Christian values to promote healing.
MA - Couples and Family Therapy, Alliant International University
Participating in my own personal therapy ultimately made me realize I wanted to be a therapist. I was fascinated at how much I didn't know about myself that therapy had opened my eyes to. I was able to take so much away from it that taught me how to live a more fulfilling life. This taught me the true value of the work, and I realized I wanted to help others have similar positive (and necessary) experiences.
I enjoy outdoor walks or jogs, cooking (frequently exploring new recipes) and trying new foods, restaurants, and traveling.
In addition to my necessary morning cup of coffee, practicing some form of gratitude every day helps prepare me to accept and embrace any gifts and challenges each day may present.
Long walks and jogs help me to feel not only physically rejuvenated but mentally as well. As a California transplant from Michigan, walks (or quiet sits) by the ocean help me to relax, and re-engage in daily tasks and routines with a clearer and motivated mind. Knowing when to take a day (or two) off, and actually doing it, is also highly beneficial.
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