I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capella University and received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Nevada State College. I have been a local to Las Vegas since my youth and have dedicated my professional endeavors to giving back to the Las Vegas community. Working in Nevada for more than 7 years has afforded me experiences that have been essential in developing the foundation of my knowledge and skill-set in therapy.
My therapeutic practice is founded in Existentialism and includes working with individuals, families, couples, groups, and children. I specialize in trauma prevention, intervention, and processing where I utilize humanistic therapeutic tools such as Narrative Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Gestalt techniques, Parts Therapy and Play Therapy.
I believe in the importance of establishing safe and authentic connections with others and I focus on confronting self-awareness, each person’s unique identity that can be known only through relationships with others, the meaning of life in constant change, and accepting anxiety as part of the human condition.
Am i Ready?
I like to think of finding a therapist like casually dating. It can be intimidating and you may feel apprehension and fear about being vulnerable with someone you do not know, at first.
It can feel a little like exploring the unknown and at times become overwhelming to choose that one person that fits right with you. Like dating, finding a therapist may take a few times and may not happen on the first try.
Here are some helpful tips for when you are ready to C.O.M.E. schedule an appointment:
· Come open, leave free. Come open to getting to know your therapist, as I will with you, and the possibilities will only set you free.
· Operate by the rule of 3. Commit to coming to at least 3 sessions before you call it quits.
· Make sure to do your research. Even a quick google search can give you small information about your therapist’s specialty and areas of expertise that fit you best. Utilizing websites like PsychologyToday, LinkedIn, and APA are great places to start.
· Evaluate your readiness. I tell all of my clients that therapy will only give you as much as you put into it. Knowing your readiness can help you determine your level of commitment.
Remember that therapy is YOUR process through enlightenment. It can only help you when you are ready to be helped so check in with yourself and ask, “what do I want to get out of therapy?”
Once you have gone through these steps, you are ready to schedule your first appointment and C.O.M.E. in!