“When I work with clients, I like to create a safe judgement-free zone where the client feels comfortable to talk about anything and everything.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up in NYC and attending public schools that had limited opportunity to talk to someone for guidance and navigating tough times has been the main reason for me going into counseling. Being a first generation individual has come with many challenges that were difficult to get through since speaking to my parents about it was not really an option. I like to think of myself as a person who is helpful and kind towards others. I have always had this inner love for helping and listening to others during their times of need, which has led me to becoming a counselor. Becoming a counselor meant that I can be there for people during their times of need and help them navigate the challenges of life so they do not feel as alone as I did.
What should someone know about working with you?
When you work with me, I want you to feel great about yourself, to feel that you finally have it all together. I don’t want you to look at other people for reassurance anymore. You look at yourself and think about how lucky you are. You learned a lot about yourself and you have learned to deal with the anguish that was plaguing you before. You are unstoppable and you feel amazing! With a little help from me you can find your way to feeling a lot better than you do now. You can find hope and learn more about yourself as a person.
When I work with clients, I like to create a safe judgement-free zone where the client feels comfortable to talk about anything and everything. I am an empathic, warm and open-minded person. I like to create a space where the client comes in and discusses whatever they want without fear or pressure. I use a combination of therapeutic modalities such as person centered therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I will recommend coping skills or homework assignments that clients can do outside of our session as needed. I have supported people through anxiety, depression, life transitions, family/relationship issues, day-to-day stressors, and many other concerns. I work towards gaining the clients trust so they feel that I am a professional support for them to work through any of their life stressors that they may be facing. I also like to softly challenge clients in order to better process and understand their thoughts or feelings.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I make it my responsibility to continue to read, attend trainings or workshops, engage in clinical supervision, and complete continuing education courses in order to ensure I am providing quality therapeutic services.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
More and more people are reaching out for help and seeking therapy to improve their lives. The stigma that is attached to therapy and discussing your personal issues is slowly going away, which makes me super excited as it is so important to reach out for help when you need it.
“I am an empathic, warm and open-minded person. I like to create a space where the client comes in and discusses whatever they want without fear or pressure.”