“I create a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and accepting environment catered to the individual needs and based on our mutual collaboration towards goals”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey toward becoming a clinical psychologist began with my deep curiosity for human behavior, thoughts, and interpersonal relationships. I have always loved observing others and how they behave in the world around them. As the eldest child in my family, I frequently wondered about the differing personalities of my siblings and parents, as well as our varying responses to similar situations. This curiosity flourished during a college mentorship with a professor (who happened to be a psychologist). Under this guidance, I participated in research programs focused on diversity issues and health care disparities as well as postdocs in psychological and neuropsychological testing. I even experienced the exciting field of forensics! To me, psychology bridges the gap between myself and society. Helping others to grow and develop is truly my calling.
What should someone know about working with you?
I employ a direct approach toward identifying and implementing the necessary steps to address the immediate goals of my clients, but I also promote insight and skill development for their long-term, self-aware, and overall growth. I create a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and accepting environment catered to the individual needs and based on our mutual collaboration towards goals. This is consistent with my personality, which champions individuality and diversity while emphasizing the need to understand the perspective of others. The techniques I like to use include role-playing, insight building, and supportive therapy. I use practical assignments, compassion, and active listening to help my clients identify their struggles and restructure them. This way, the challenges that overwhelm us become the challenges we overcome.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration with other providers allows me to treat my clients from a holistic perspective. This means treating them as a whole person instead of just looking at certain aspects of who they are. It’s a comprehensive treatment approach and one that I believe is the best way to practice. Collaboration can also inform therapeutic goals, facilitate process development, and nurture a consistent approach toward treatment. For example, coordination with psychiatrists frequently allows me to address behavioral concerns from a psychopharmacological perspective. This provides the individual with the space they need to actively do the psychotherapeutic work, increasing the likelihood of sustained improvement.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Seeking help is daunting and commendable, kind of at the same time. It’s normal to feel hesitant about the process, but therapy is really just a way of sharing your thoughts and vulnerabilities with a healing guide. It allows you to get to know yourself better and eventually become a better you. Each session is an opportunity for release, a time to be heard, and a place to regain control of your situation. We all struggle at various times in our lives and having someone to help support us through adversity has proven successful over and over again. You are worthy of this opportunity!. Take it and give therapy a try! It certainly won’t hurt!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
What I am most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape is the burgeoning discourse related to increasing mental health awareness and more viable treatment options (like telehealth) for minority and underserved populations. Therapists can now better serve as key instruments in addressing noted disparities; we can act as normalizers too, placing value on mental wellness in our society. Teletherapy is a convenient option for many, both client and therapist. It catapults mental health into the technological era and gives us the power to better empower others.
“This is consistent with my personality, which champions individuality and diversity while emphasizing the need to understand the perspective of others.”