What attracted you to becoming a therapist?
For as long as I can remember I valued connection to other humans. I had a strong sense of empathy even as a young child. I took a Psychology class in high school, and I knew that this was what I wanted to do. I always have had a desire both to understand others and to help others. I went to my own therapist at different times throughout my life and I found that the process gave me insight, comfort, wisdom and understanding. The process also helped me to break patterns in my own life. All of these factors contributed to my attraction to the field of therapy.
Where did you train?
I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Louisiana State University. I received my master’s degree in social work at Tulane University. My practicum was in couple’s therapy. During my internship, I worked with individuals and families. In my first couple years as a therapist, I worked with trauma survivors. During this time, I became very skilled in developing relationships with clients, doing work on emotional regulation and working on self-care and boundary work. I started my own private practice in 2006. During this time, I continued to work with individuals to heal their relationships with themselves and with others. I also have had extensive work in the area of substance abuse. As my career continues, I work with entrepreneurs and high achievers, as well as with busy couples and individuals who want to prioritize their self-care and their relationships. I work with individuals who value results. This brought me to become certified as a level 1 Gottman therapist. The Gottman method is a research-based approach that I use with couples. It has truly influenced my work with all of my clients. I would describe my style as warm, authentic and direct.
What sort of people do you usually see?
I see individuals and couples who want to work on themselves or their relationships. I am currently offering telehealth only. I often see folks who want the convenience of virtual therapy. I love my work with my clients. I feel humbled and grateful to connect and work with so many amazing people every day. The reality is that we all go through stressful times, whether it is with our family, our jobs, our kids, our partner, or our health. Therapy is one form of evidence-based self-care. You don’t have to be in crisis to go to therapy. Therapy is for everyone, and it can also be pro-active.
In 2022, and as a result of the pandemic and increasing mental health needs, I expanded to a group practice. Modern Therapy and Wellness is a small boutique practice. We serve clients in the state of Louisiana. I now work closely with other therapists in my practice who are available to see clients both in person and virtually in Louisiana.
What do you do for your own mental health?
I write, I exercise, I try to find balance in my life, I create things, I consider my needs regularly, I surround myself with supportive people, and I seek joyful experiences as often as I can.
“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives”
“Taking Responsibility -even for a small part of the problem in communication-presents the opportunity for great repair.”