“It is very important to me that my clients feel safe, understood, and heard.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I moved to the US when I was nine-years-old. Without knowing the language, I struggled with making connections. This led me to experience depression. In my culture and in my family, depression "doesn't exist". I have felt isolated and ostracized by my own family. Once I pulled myself out of the depressive state, I knew I wanted to focus on helping other people who are or were in a similar situation.
What should someone know about working with you?
It is very important to me that my clients feel safe, understood, and heard. The modality of the sessions will be based on what the client is struggling with. For instance, if it is childhood trauma, I might use a psychodynamic approach that focuses on the roots of emotional suffering. If it is anxiety, I might focus on CBT techniques and assign homework. I do try to incorporate holistic therapy into the sessions, as mind, body, and soul work together to gain proper balance in all aspects of life.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Growing up in a society where mental health was viewed as a myth and people suffering with mental health issues were looked down upon for being different, I strive to make a difference. Most people have experienced some type of trauma in their life, whether it is physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; I want my clients to feel safe and know that they will not be judged for their past experiences. Having been through a similar experience, I am empathetic and supportive and I will help you heal from past trauma.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about how accessible teletherapy is for most people. Eliminating the commute to and from work enables me as a clinician to offer additional services to my clients.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
There still is a stigma around therapy. Stereotypes about mental illness are large contributors to the stigma that surrounds people seeking help. Whether you are seeking counseling yourself or have a loved one who is in sessions with a professional, it is important to avoid the temptation of putting a timeline on the process. Therapy is not something that you do for a predetermined amount of time and there is no rule that you must accomplish all your goals before the clock runs out. Counseling is a process that involves reflection, exploring insights, and implementing choices; it’s not a quick solution to the problems that you face. Recognize that everyone’s experience is different and that the number of sessions that you participate in is not an indicator of how well you are doing. Spending a longer period of time in therapy does not mean that you are worthy of less than any other person. Everyone’s life experiences and counseling journeys are simply different.
“I do try to incorporate holistic therapy into the sessions, as mind, body, and soul work together to gain proper balance in all aspects of life.”