“I enjoy working with individuals who are motivated toward change but, for a variety of reasons, may just lack the proper skills and tools to get there.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I honestly believe this path chose me, rather than me choosing it. I have always been naturally drawn to helping others and had a strong interest in psychology. My family and I immigrated to this country when I was young and my parents instilled in me not only a hard work ethic but the importance of helping others regardless of how little we had. Over the years, I have worked in a number of clinical settings. For over a decade, I worked in healthcare on inpatient psychiatric units. I was able to work with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and geriatric populations with severe depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. In recent years, I’ve worked in private practice with adults, college students, and adolescents who are coping with depression, anxiety, and various work/life/school stressors. Additionally, I work as an adjunct counselor and instructor at a local community college and teach graduate courses at a university.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy working with individuals who are motivated toward change but, for a variety of reasons, may just lack the proper skills and tools to get there. It takes courage and commitment to seek a more fulfilling life (however that may manifest for you) and to take active steps toward seeing that to fruition. Intake and sessions will happen virtually and we will work together to set goals and address your reasons for seeking therapy. From my experience, homework is often a helpful part of the therapy process because it allows the client an opportunity to put skills into practice outside of sessions and bring their insights and observations back to sessions. I strive to employ a client's personal strengths and skills throughout the process. I enjoy fostering a client’s personal growth, emotional wellbeing, and sense of empowerment. Therapy is hard work but well worth the investment in yourself; the multitude of rewards will affect all aspects of your life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in a number of continuing education courses and trainings throughout the year out of interest and in order to stay informed of the most effective and evidence-based practices and approaches. As a therapist, I am always looking to learn new tools to add to my toolbox so that I can best help my clients. I also continue to learn from my clients. In addition to this, I teach graduate courses to future counselors in the field. I truly enjoy teaching because it challenges me to stay informed and to share my knowledge. I enjoy empowering students and helping them hone their skills. I enjoy learning from them as well. In all my years of practicing, I have always collaborated with other providers (psychiatrists, doctors, psychiatric nurse practitioners, nutritionists, etc.), because I believe it is important for treatment providers across the continuum to share information in order to best help the client. Teamwork makes the dream work, right?
“Therapy is hard work but well worth the investment in yourself; the multitude of rewards will affect all aspects of your life.”