My first and main priority is building a trusting, empathetic, therapeutic relationship, allowing the client to feel comfortable and safe in a nonjudgmental, collaborative environment. Working from a person-centered approach, I put client's views and cultural backgrounds into heavy consideration.
BS - Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology, Molloy College
MS - Education, Malone University
I became a mental health professional because I've been in a client's shoes before. Knowing the difficulties and the emotional pain one can experience is a deeply shared experience, and I wanted to shift my experiences into one where I can now give back and be empathetic to those who are in need of mental health services.
I love to spend time with my dog, my partner, listen to music, play a game, or go on a vacation. I also am currently back in school, working on my doctorate degree.
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. This book spoke volumes to me because it addresses topics such as grief and loss, and the character goes through phases of adjustment where she has to learn to relieve her life again. It really helped to process the meaning of life, to not take for granted being present and how we can develop a sense of control, even if it means restarting and building up new from different changes.
I enjoy escaping into video games and I love to sing!
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