“I want to build hope and purpose in the people I work with.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started in this field by working with children and adults with autism. I always knew I wanted to do more, so I pursued psychology. I have always been passionate about talking to people and helping them get to the root core of problems. I grew up with trauma and have worked through it using EMDR. I want to be able to give back and help others who have the same experiences. I am very comfortable in my approach and am nonjudgmental. I have done EMDR work pro bono for responders. My experience along with growing up in an alcoholic environment that ended in divorce led me to become very knowledgeable about substance abuse, treating trauma, and working with couples to repair their marriage. In my own personal life, I have been able to avoid the cycles that were there for two generations before me.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is that when you walk into my office or start a video session with me, you feel at ease and know you have made the right decision. This time is about you and I offer a nonjudgmental space where you can feel vulnerable and break down. There might be crying, possibly laughter, and hopefully a sense of what you are wanting to gain as we go deeply into what brought you here in the first place. It could be anxiety, some traumatic events you cannot get past, depression, or addiction. You might be having marital problems such as infidelity, communication issues, or feeling stuck in a marriage that you do not know whether to leave or stay in. You do not have to navigate these feelings alone. It is my passion and mission in life to help individuals and couples rediscover who they are and find themselves again. I have worked with many people, from CEOs of top companies to television and film stars, from doctors to editors of famous magazines.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I take continuing education (which consists of more EMDR) and training on couples, substance abuse, mood disorders, and trauma. I engage in research studies and read the latest research on specific treatments or illnesses. I provide consultations to other providers and receive them. I collaborate with healthcare professionals regarding psychiatric medication and learn about new medication while continuing to update myself on appropriate medications for various mental illnesses. I have trained in EMDR, Gottman, trauma-focused CBT, exposure therapy, CBT, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, substance abuse, and other interventions.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My upbringing and values have shaped me and my approach; I came from substance abuse, trauma, and family violence. I knew I did not want to generationally carry on negative core beliefs and cognitions because of what I experienced or was led to believe about myself. I know that so much happens in this world and if I can help others to unlearn the negative beliefs that were instilled upon them, then I have done my part. I am very culturally-sensitive, which was taught to me at a young age by my mother who was a professor and had friends from various cultures and backgrounds. I have lived among Punjabi families and homestay families in Costa Rica and India. I am very passionate about equality and the rights of all people and use this daily in my practice.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited that the stigma around mental illness is disappearing and that seeking help is becoming more normal. People are realizing now more than ever that it is okay to ask for help and you don’t have to suffer in silence. Alma has also made therapy more accessible to people through telehealth. I believe if telehealth hadn’t become a major way to access services, not a lot of people would reach out for help.
What is one thing you want to achieve while working in this field?
I want to build hope and purpose in the people I work with. So many have come to me saying they are broken and they don’t know how to feel whole or even know what that is like and I want to help them achieve their greatest potential.
“So many have come to me saying they are broken and they don’t know how to feel whole or even know what that is like and I want to help them achieve their greatest potential.”