I worked as a teacher in East Asia for 13 years, and taught middle school and college students. I have worked with children in therapy for the past 3.5 years. For the past year I’ve worked in a pediatric therapy clinic with Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, and Physical Therapists. I had several clients who were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and other sensory processing issues. I learned to help children who were dealing with these diagnoses improve their mental health. I went to Campbellsville University to study Marriage and Family Therapy. Through two years of practicum experience, and the past 3.5 years in the field, I’ve had the opportunity to work with children, adults, couples, and families. I work with clients from a systemic approach, noting how one’s environment, family, friends, community, work/school experience, work together to shape a person’s life. These are all issues that need to be considered and addressed in therapy. My sweet spot is children ages 9 to 18 years of age. Some of my favorite clients have been adolescents dealing with anxiety, depression, and suicidality. I’ve worked mostly with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic stress, adjustment disorders, and grief and loss.
My clients often describe me as a good listener, non-judgmental, supportive, patient, soft spoken, and easy to talk to. Many parents have told me in the past, that their children respond to me better than they could have ever expected. They state their children are willing to listen, tell me information, and be honest with me because they know I care about them and honestly want to help them. The adolescents I’ve worked with in the past have said the feel comfortable talking with me, and see me as a friend, who care about them. They tell me I’m easy to talk to and they feel as though they can trust me. Families have described me as honest, personable, willing to go the extra mile to help them in their time of need, and willing to be straightforward and let them know when I don’t have the answers they are needing. Past adolescent clients have said, “I know I can’t pull any tricks with you, because you always see right through me. You are willing to challenge me and call me out when there is something that I need to consider changing about myself, or my situation.”
I’ve had clients from previous jobs look me up online, so they can return and see me again. Parents have said that their child met with a new therapist, but said they didn’t feel as comfortable with their new provider, as they did me.