Let’s start with something easy. Can you tell us a little about your professional background and areas of focus?
I’ve had a lifelong interest in psychology, physics, art, and eastern philosophy. I studied fine art in high school with the goal of majoring in art therapy in college. Life happened, and I found myself as an accountant and bookkeeper for a decade. I decided that I would prefer to be pursuing my passion. I started college for psychology and mental health, and began working as a technician shortly thereafter. After switching degree tracks to nursing, I continued in inpatient psychiatry, then completed a masters degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. Directly after, I became certified in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy. Since then, I have spent the majority of my time in integrative and ketamine assisted treatments. My areas of focus are depression, anxiety, and PTSD, with additional interests in ADHD and autism spectrum disorders.
How would you describe your approach to therapy?
My number one approach to therapy is building a good relationship and earning trust. I strive to show my clients that they are accepted, heard, and understood.
What would your patients say about you?
My patients say that I am easygoing, caring, and relatable.
How did you become interested in working with psychedelics including ketamine?
I found out that psychedelics were being studied for therapeutic purposes when I saw an article about the MAPS MDMA studies in 2015. Having some knowledge of various psychedelics and their history, I realized the immense potential for healing and impact on the mental health field. I wanted to learn more, and be a close part of managing these cutting-edge treatments as the field emerged. I had already been on the verge of switching to nursing to become a provider, and this was the catalyst for my final decision. As I was completing my degree, ketamine was becoming more available as a treatment option. I dove in, and have never looked back.
What has been your most meaningful experience in working with psychedelics?
The most meaningful part of working with psychedelics has been seeing the change in clients mind, body, and spirit. This can happen all at once, and sometimes at mind-boggling speed. Being witness to these treatments has helped me to grow not just as a clinician, but as a fellow human being.
What excites you most about the future of psychedelics?
The most exciting part is the potential for healing! Research on various substances and future medications is ongoing, as is the research on how they interact in specific sites of the brain. Much is being discovered, and the future of psychedelics is very bright.
Enough about work! Let’s try some rapid fire questions;
- First, Where do you live? - Central Florida
- What's a perfect afternoon? - Indoors: Laughing at silly videos with family. Outdoors: Strolling during a breezy day with temperatures between 65-70 degrees.
- Favorite food? Pizza/Pasta - Chocolate muffins
- Describe yourself in two words. - Kind-hearted revolutionist