“Every human being is bestowed with a unique life story.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Choosing a career in clinical psychology was influenced by strong feelings of empathy during my childhood towards emotionally and physically challenged individuals. I felt like a career in clinical psychology would allow me to directly make a positive impact on their lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
I place much emphasis on examining thought patterns and using cognitive restructuring methods and mindful awareness methods to increase conscious response in place of negative, automatic thinking to increase healthy stress management skills and reduce emotional suffering. I also prioritize the importance of one's self relationship to replace negative self judgement with self compassion and self nurturing attitudes and behaviors. This has a direct relationship on strengthening relationship and communication skills towards healthy boundaries and meaningful interpersonal connections with friends and family.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Continuing education courses are very important for me to stay informed about the best practices and reinforce my core competencies. I also like to read books and research articles on topics that best inform my practice.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Every human being is bestowed with a unique life story. Each human story contains its own set of hardships, joys, relationships, and personal discoveries. I deeply believe that despite our own unique backgrounds, struggles, and life stories, there is so much more that unites us as a human family than divides us. It is this fundamental belief that forms and sustains my humanitarian philosophy and compassionate attitude. I value and appreciate human diversity in all forms, including multicultural perspectives and experiences.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I feel most excited and hopeful about increasing awareness and reducing the stigma of mental illness and treatment. Mental health advocacy and education in mainstream media has been increasing, which is important given the alarming statistics of higher rates of clinical depression, suicide, and anxiety disorders.
What feedback do you receive from clients?
My clients have communicated appreciation for my strong empathic presence and communication skills, experiencing an emotionally safe, open, and soothing therapeutic relationship both in person and through telehealth. They have expressed surprise as to how easily they are able to form a warm, trusting rapport during the first visit and able to maintain that. They have also expressed appreciation of a higher sense of empowerment through specific examples of personal resilience and coping skills potential that were not previously within their field of awareness. It is also important for me to chart progress during the course of therapy through feedback discussions, which my clients generally appreciate. In general, my clients value their high success rate in reaching their therapeutic goals.
“I deeply believe that despite our own unique backgrounds, struggles, and life stories, there is so much more that unites us as a human family than divides us.”