“In therapy, I focus on our therapeutic relationship to help you learn how to build trust, set boundaries, and create healthy and fulfilling relationships outside of therapy that will promote your overall wellness.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a first-generation immigrant who was born in the millennial generation, I had countless encounters growing up that highlighted stigma against mental health. I had personally experienced and witnessed therapy’s positive impact on people around me and could not understand why it was often done with secrecy or shame. I felt therapy was the best-kept secret, and I dreamt of learning how to provide this crucial support and fight back against mental health stigma so that more people can get the life-changing support they want and need.
What should someone know about working with you?
Your treatment will be much more than learning strategies and coping skills; it will also include a relational focus. Much of the pain people endure throughout life comes from relationships. Maybe someone you should have been able to trust hurt or betrayed you. Maybe you struggle to find love or create rewarding friendships. Maybe you find yourself around friends or partners who invalidate you or consistently allow you to put their needs ahead of your own. In therapy, I focus on our therapeutic relationship to help you learn how to build trust, set boundaries, and create healthy and fulfilling relationships outside of therapy that will promote your overall wellness.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I prioritize maintaining my specialized training in the treatment of both eating disorders and trauma. Before starting an outpatient practice, I worked in residential and intensive outpatient levels of care for eating disorder treatment. I also worked at two large South Florida universities, serving on their respective food and body image concern committees. I am a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and regularly attend continuing education on this topic. In regard to trauma, I received intensive training on the use of EMDR and use a trauma-informed perspective throughout my work with clients.
“I prioritize maintaining my specialized training in the treatment of both eating disorders and trauma.”