“My core values are premised on the Buddhist principles of morality, ethics, and compassion.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I chose to earn my Master of Social Work at Simmons School of Social Work because it is a clinically-focused program. My internships and postgraduate experience have been in several healthcare settings where I supported clients and their families with acute and chronic medical problems. I enjoyed working as a medical social worker because I was able to help clients when they were most vulnerable but still incredibly resilient.
There are so many reasons I love being a therapist and why I’ve chosen this path as a career. Firstly, I find it incredibly meaningful to meet clients, hear their stories, and observe the courage and strength that they have. I’m also an empath; I care deeply about helping other people find joy and hope during times of distress. It's a privilege to work with my clients and I feel that our work together makes a difference in their lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
I consider my work with clients a collaboration. You are the expert in your own lived experience and I’m here to guide you. I work at your pace, yet we also find that comfortable edge that allows you to grow and learn about your own insights and strengths. If you appreciate concrete skill-building and homework, then I can provide these tools to you so that you see tangible results. If you prefer a more reflective dialogue or perhaps a mindfulness-based exercise during a session, we can use these approaches as well. The most important part of our work together is to help you feel supported, motivated, and hopeful throughout the process.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are premised on the Buddhist principles of morality, ethics, and compassion. I developed these values after completing ten 10-day silent meditation retreats. These retreats taught me the value of dedication but also humility and how to never take things so seriously that it causes harm to oneself or others. As your therapist, my core values show up by wholeheartedly affirming your experience and being authentic in our relationship. I provide an empathic and judgment-free space that allows you to feel comfortable being yourself.
“As your therapist, my core values show up by wholeheartedly affirming your experience and being authentic in our relationship.”