“I strive to reflect the strengths and resilience I notice in my clients; together, we create a space that is comforting but also empowering.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was introduced to the mental health field by my mentor and professor in my first semester of college. My professor's genuine interest, great respect, and compassion for each individual human experience resonated with me on a deep level and inspired my professional trajectory. It was a fascinating lesson because of the contrast to my cultural upbringing. I learned that compassion is an essential ingredient to successful human interaction. My mentor recognized skills and strengths in me that I had not previously acknowledged on my own. This deep care and transformative validation allowed me to envision more possibilities and a broader future for myself. Over the years, I had an opportunity to help people in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings and in a college counseling center. I am trained in hypnotherapy, mindfulness, strengths-based, and exploratory modalities (among others). These skills allow me to be flexible and offer each individual client whatever helps the most.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am dedicated to maintaining a safe and compassionate space for my clients to process their thoughts and feelings. I apply a range of modalities depending on what I feel can be most helpful to my client at the time. When my clients are able to consider their concerns in a calm and safe space, what follows is often the ability to view the situation from a multitude of perspectives. I strive to reflect the strengths and resilience I notice in my clients; together, we create a space that is comforting but also empowering. I consider myself to be a dedicated guide for those I work with, both in supporting them as they navigate difficult experiences and in finding a path forward that focuses on their healing and wellbeing. While working with my clients, I invite the wholeness of the experience by bringing intention and awareness to mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and integrating a connection to overall healing.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
The best part of this process is that you can only be you. Regardless if you learned to believe that you should be different or measure up to someone else's standards, to achieve life that feels good is to be yourself. My life experiences and professional training have helped me to discover the importance of authenticity, compassion, and appreciation. I strive to embody these values in my personal life as well as in my work with clients. I have come to acknowledge how essential these components are in allowing us to discover and become who we truly feel we are at our core, enabling us to share our honest selves with others. I believe these values are enormous gifts we can offer to not only ourselves but to those around us. They are powerful mechanisms that remind us of our capacity for love, acceptance, and personal growth.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
What excites me about the current growing mental health scene is the continuous research around concepts such as mindfulness, self-compassion, vulnerability, and gratitude. These concepts are becoming more widely used and accepted as an essential component of the work that mental health professionals do. I have been incorporating them into my professional work and have seen positive outcomes firsthand. These approaches are vital to wellbeing and it is encouraging to see that they are being implemented in many areas of both child and adult development. The outcomes are promising and I am looking forward to more research around these areas and their widespread use in treatment and education.
“While working with my clients, I invite the wholeness of the experience by bringing intention and awareness to mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and integrating a connection to overall healing.”