“Therapy helps us to actively seize opportunities that bring clarity to our inner thoughts, feelings, and hopes.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
My professional path to becoming a therapist has been a work of synthesis. Personal life experiences combined with my profound curiosity about emotions led me to pursue graduate training in therapy. As I reflect upon the journey that helped me form my professional identity, I find myself deeply grateful to many mentors, consultants, family, and friends. Through my clinical training and personal experience, I learned the application of therapy as both a science and an art. Yet, just as various branches of applied sciences, finance, fine arts, law, and engineering are based on specific parameters, therapy is also a domain-specific field.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Many of us face unparalleled challenges in our daily life. Sometimes we may feel determined to change, but at the same time, the prospect of change can be terrifying. Change demands that we give up old ways of doing things and, with support, try a new direction. We might feel quite stuck. How, then, do we identify achievable goals and move forward? Therapy helps us to actively seize opportunities that bring clarity to our inner thoughts, feelings, and hopes. I believe in compassionately guiding individuals beyond their perceived limitations by giving practical shape and form to their hopes and goals. I combine rigorous professional training and experience with compassion and curiosity. I believe consultations must be worth the time, energy, and cost. In our first sessions, I will offer openness and transparency related to my clinical expertise and my style of working.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I bring my attunement to how living in large cities, globalization, and acculturation all shape our well-being and relationships. In seeking therapy, we are taking a courageous new action to work through complex emotional experiences, including trauma and relationship issues. The first session is about getting to know each other and seeing if we are a good fit. To that end, I conduct long-term and brief therapies according to individual needs. Individuals can expect a thorough diagnostic evaluation in our early sessions. I think it is vital that treatment is tailored to each person’s individual goals. Because I work collaboratively, I can help you engage in new and fulfilling ways of thinking about yourself and your relationships.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I think it is crucial to work in collaboration with professionals in the fields of health sciences, nutrition, and dietetics. Working with other professionals is a vital part of an integrated treatment for many of my clients. I have learned the importance of an integrated approach to my treatment, as I work therapeutically with LGBTQ+ individuals, graduate students, and various professionals including artists, lawyers, physicians, and engineers.
Is there any research-based work you’ve done that you found particularly exciting and how has that informed your practice today?
Therapy research informs us that without being able to regulate and manage our feelings, we are at sea and no experience of the self can be processed and integrated in any helpful way. Currently, I am working on my doctoral dissertation. My research centers on how we identify, process, and experience feelings. Applied research in the field of emotion regulation, attachment, personality disorders, and neuroscience inform my clinical work. Applying research findings within a collaborative and relational framework helps us to better achieve our goals.
“In seeking therapy, we are taking a courageous new action to work through complex emotional experiences, including trauma and relationship issues.”