“Principles such as compassion, positivity, and empathy act as the foundation for the work that I do as a therapist.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
At an early age, I earnestly entered the field of mental health counseling through several volunteer experiences. As a student, I volunteered at a crisis center where I completed rigorous training to provide crisis services and counsel callers on a variety of issues, including suicide, psychiatric disorders, sexual assault, and substance use. I found that the strength of the connection made between myself and the client was a strong indicator that the person had opened up his/her mind to consider another option or pathway to a solution. One of the most gratifying aspects of this counseling was the positive feedback that I received from my clients. In all of my past clinical experiences, the inherent value of communicating in a supportive manner positively impacted how each client viewed the experience. These opportunities reinforced my desire to further my education in the field and open up my own practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a therapist, I feel my role is to help clients identify their personal pathways in life as well as assist individuals in uncovering the next steps in the process of self-actualization. It is amazing how powerful the human mind is! Sometimes we become so fixated on the way that others perceive us that we lose sight of our paths and start to mold ourselves to fit the labels that others place on us. In such cases, we fail to recognize our self-worth and we forget that we can control our thoughts and ultimately our happiness. I strive to assist each client in unveiling his/her unique pathway toward self-actualization.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Principles such as compassion, positivity, and empathy act as the foundation for the work that I do as a therapist. As a clinician, I strive to act as an emotional support to individuals as they embark upon the journey toward attaining a more fulfilling life. I measure my success by the strength of the therapeutic relationship that I establish with each client as well as by my ability to guide each individual along the process of self-discovery.
How is your practice handling working under the conditions of pandemics?
Pandemics are an unprecedented and especially difficult time for everyone. Social distancing, constant occupational changes, and store/restaurant closures compound the stress of staying healthy. Luckily, teleconferencing provides you with the ability to participate in therapy sessions from the comfort and safety of your own home!
“I measure my success by the strength of the therapeutic relationship that I establish with each client as well as by my ability to guide each individual along the process of self-discovery.”