“I have always had a profound desire to assist individuals in healing through the use of heightened self-awareness and self-acceptance and have always encouraged individuals to seek and find their answers from within.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." - Carl Jung. I have always had a profound desire to assist individuals in healing through the use of heightened self-awareness and self-acceptance and have always encouraged individuals to seek and find their answers from within. This philosophy is the very cornerstone of my therapeutic practice. Although I have explored several healing modalities, I have found that psychotherapy has assisted me in holding space for individual healing. In my work, I have been able to garner extensive experience working with a wide array of individuals, varying in age and backgrounds and battling trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem challenges, various addictions, religious/spiritual challenges, familial dynamics, struggles with gender and sexuality, body dysmorphia, and many other mental and emotional impediments. It is by examining these challenges that one can begin to explore his/her inner workings and truly awake to his/her authentic self.
What should someone know about working with you?
To begin working with me, we will first hold a FREE 15-minute consultation in which I will begin to gather some information as to why you are seeking therapy. I will then share with you what I believe you are experiencing based on what you have shared and tell you some of the therapeutic models I will implement in therapy with you to assist you on your healing journey. Some of the evidenced-based therapeutic modalities I use include cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, systemic therapy, gestalt therapy, existential therapy, play therapy, art therapy, and behavioral therapy. After our consultation, we will then craft an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and the desires you wish to accomplish on your healing journey. Finally, we will delve in, together, to begin your healing.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am continuously and intentionally always pursuing opportunities in which I can continue to grow and develop as a well-rounded clinician. I am currently in the process of completing my doctoral degree in research psychology where I hope to conduct research endeavors that will add to the extant modalities clinicians use to assist their clients in healing. Additionally, I am engaged in continuing education courses that explore intrapersonal and generational trauma, which has always been an extreme passion of mine. I am also actively involved with a network of therapists who meet regularly. Through this network, we are able to communicate, gain varying perspectives, and implement new approaches and therapeutic modalities.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I take an approach to therapy that is always striving to be inclusive, culturally-competent and affirming, and intersectional. Given the diverse populations that I have had the privilege to work with, I have garnered an all-encompassing perspective that has assisted me in serving my clientele to the best of my capabilities. Furthermore, my experience as a psychotherapist has demonstrated that every clinician must value attending therapy and treating their own developments as equally important to their work of assisting their clientele. Therefore, I value and take my own self-care and self-development seriously, as this assists me in supporting and holding space for others in the most effective manner.
“This philosophy is the very cornerstone of my therapeutic practice.”