“Treatment goals are established collaboratively and treatment options are discussed.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Both of my parents worked full-time and my mom also volunteered with the Salvation Army. Many of the projects and events she planned became family affairs. One year, I distinctly remember her telling my sister and me that we would be responsible for preparing and serving a full Thanksgiving dinner in San Bernardino. My mom explained that many of the people we were serving were homeless. She said that some of the homeless people had come into misfortune and had lost their jobs and homes. She also said that some of the people were homeless because they suffered from mental illness and did not have access to treatment. Perhaps because of the disparity between my simple childhood and the plight of the people we served, this Thanksgiving was when I truly “saw” each person, and I wanted to know more about mental illness, the treatment that could be provided, and the professionals who provide the treatment. I truly believe that this Thanksgiving experience was the beginning of my interest in the field of psychology.
What should someone know about working with you?
During the initial appointment, I conduct an interview, which helps me learn about the client’s background, his or her current struggles, and the steps he or she has already taken to try to alleviate the difficulties. Treatment goals are established collaboratively and treatment options are discussed. Therapy is informed by the client’s specific needs and preferences.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has been making quality care more accessible. Traditionally, clients in rural areas had less access to clinicians. However, telehealth has been bridging the geographical gap and allowing clients to receive treatment from providers who were previously considered inaccessible. Telehealth is also making treatment more convenient for clients, particularly those with busy schedules. While clients receiving in-person treatment may need to take two or three hours out of their schedule to attend a 45-minute appointment, clients receiving treatment via telehealth may only need to set aside 45 minutes.
“Therapy is informed by the client’s specific needs and preferences.”