“My upbringing shaped my thinking about the goodness of humanity and the potential we all have regardless of what we’ve encountered or where we came from.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my first career. In my first year of college, I took Psychology 101, and it felt like I found something I didn't know I was always looking for. It felt right and perfectly aligned with my personality and what I consider to be my gift. I enjoy being with people and feel moved to see others engaged in a unified and happy state. My upbringing shaped my thinking about the goodness of humanity and the potential we all have regardless of what we’ve encountered or where we came from. From a very young age, I was aware of my own thought processes and emotions. And as a result, I had a great deal of empathy for others. I could easily sense and know people's emotions. I was genuinely interested in knowing about people's stories and readily available to help in any way I could, which mostly involved listening and comforting them. My work experience in outpatient clinics in the areas of mental health and substance use has broadened my understanding of and ability to relate to people.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process involves getting to know the client's expectations and goals, sharing with them my working style, and sharing thoughts about the journey ahead. Progress is measured by the person's experience, including a decrease in symptoms, a change in traits they want to change, and the ability to build a desired habit. I assign homework unless they are not interested in it. I like to work with anyone who wants to work on, discover, and transform his or herself.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I like to read about new studies and findings around overall health, attend online courses, and read books. I also enjoy talking to like-minded people and collaborating with other providers for increased understanding and skills, which enhances the service I provide.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe in the nobility of human beings and the beauty in the diversity of thought processes, choices, views, and ways of living.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
What I find most exciting about telehealth is that it makes it easier for people to seek treatment from the comfort of their homes. I also like reading about growing studies on the connection between gut health and mental health.
What makes our life experience more challenging and leads to destructive behaviors?
Our unrealistic expectations, unawareness of our own power to control our thoughts, emotions, and actions, unwillingness to accept inevitable change, and the desire for change without giving up old ways.
“I believe in the nobility of human beings and the beauty in the diversity of thought processes, choices, views, and ways of living.”