“My training includes IPT, mindfulness-based stress reduction, acceptance and commitment therapy, and CBT.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As the youngest in my family, I was always fascinated about relationship dynamics and the range of emotions in the human experience. Since adolescence, I have had a passion for understanding human behavior and how our environment and life events shape our place in the world and our experience in it. What solidified my interest in becoming a therapist was my own experience as the client and seeing what therapy has done for me throughout the years. In my personal life, therapy has helped me discover and acknowledge my inner voice and find strength by building the appropriate tools during crucial life moments. During my career, I have had the opportunity to work with adults from diverse backgrounds, from different communities, and with varying needs. Being a witness to the power of inner work, I decided to become a therapist to facilitate that process with my clients and help them overcome barriers preventing them from living their lives to the fullest.
What should someone know about working with you?
During our initial sessions, we will identify the areas you would like to focus on and we’ll create a treatment plan that is tailored to addressing your symptoms while establishing short and long-term goals to achieve positive changes in your life. In my years of practice, I’ve realized that every client is unique, every person has a story, and everyone has different aspirations and interests. Therefore, my approach is person-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative. My training includes IPT, mindfulness-based stress reduction, acceptance and commitment therapy, and CBT. The treatment modalities chosen depend on your treatment needs and what you want to achieve from the therapy experience. We will review symptoms periodically as well as effectiveness of treatment in order to find what works best for you. I believe we all need a safe space to be vulnerable and do the work to become our authentic selves.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The most exciting thing about the evolving mental health landscape is how accessible therapy is becoming for everyone through tools such as telehealth. Additionally, as we normalize therapy and destigmatize mental illness, more research is now conducted on multiple communities in populations that were previously excluded from academic research. We now see more developments done with immigrant populations, with rates of depression, and with anxiety and methods of treatment. We are incorporating other methods of treatment, such as meditation, and using its effects to fight symptoms of depression and anxiety. The new and evolving mental health landscape allows for more accessibility, more education, more information, and less stigmatization of our emotional wellbeing.
“I believe we all need a safe space to be vulnerable and do the work to become our authentic selves.”