Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is a social worker different from a counselor or therapist?
A: The short answer is, they aren’t that different! Both social workers and counselors can be therapists. A therapist is anybody who practices therapy as a licensed clinician, or under the supervision of a licensed clinician.
Most counselors enter their field hoping to practice therapy, whereas many social workers take other career paths. I chose the therapy route because I felt it was best-suited to my interests and skills.
Q: Can you prescribe psychiatric medications?
A: No, I cannot. Only a doctor or nurse practitioner can do so. If you do not have a psychiatrist and would like one, I will be happy to make a referral.
If you do not want to take psychiatric medications, that’s okay too. I will talk with you further about your options, but ultimately, whether or not to take psychiatric medications is your choice.
Q: What kind of therapy do you do?
A: My therapy is based in the Rogerian school of thought, also known as humanistic theory. Humanistic theory stresses the importance of unconditional positive regard for the client, and sees the client as the expert in their own life.
I also approach therapy from a social justice perspective, which contextualizes folks’ mental health problems in larger systems of oppression.
I’ve had extensive training in use of the following:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
With that said, I tailor