I am currently a Licensed Social Worker (LSW.0009922720) who has been working in the field of mental health for the past 6 years and have always known I wanted to become a mental health therapist since my adolescence. I have grown to be particularly interested in working with populations who have been affected by trauma and have employed wide variety of creative modalities for therapeutic treatment.
I value empathetic, strengths-based and client-centered approaches, where I am conscious of meeting the client where they are at in any given phase of treatment. I also try to be aware of the barriers people face that puts them at higher risk and am an advocate to assist people with overcoming these barriers.
I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California in order to get a more holistic understanding of how the environment shapes the people we are and can become. My experience from social work has made me more aware of how systems can contribute to oppression and trauma, and I have in turn become more equipped to help people overcome barriers that society can present, such as mental illness, substance use, implicit bias, and socioeconomic status.
I have experience working in clinics, residential settings, and in the community with populations of all ages that suffer from severe mental illness, trauma, and/or behavioral issues. I have experience working with families, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. In my free time, I enjoy practicing self-care, such as going hiking, creating art, and spending quality time with people I love.
Above all else, I believe in the power of healing and helping those discover their own inner light to navigate through their journey of empowerment, recovery and resiliency. My innate sense of empathy along with my own personal experience in managing my mental health and wellness have helped clients feel heard and not so alone after all.