“The curiosity and enthusiasm that I have developed through years of education have helped me cultivate an open mind and empathy for different people going through hard times.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Ever since I was young, I had an interest in and passion for understanding the human mind through philosophy and spirituality. That path led me to discover psychology as a career, giving me the chance to help others recognize the multiple stressors affecting their behavior. I previously worked as a research assistant and helped people make significant changes to improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, some protocols and guidelines limited us in providing the best care for the participants. This drove me to find a program in mental health counseling that would allow me to bridge that gap. I also volunteer as a youth counselor at a local church, helping inner-city youth find purpose and improve their quality of life. The curiosity and enthusiasm that I have developed through years of education have helped me cultivate an open mind and empathy for different people going through hard times. I'm an avid and patient learner, which helps me better understand the client's struggles within the context of their life.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize a wide array of treatment modalities in order to best work with the individual. The modality utilized provides a basic framework but at the end of the day, the focus is always on you, the client. Some modalities utilized include person-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), compassion-focused, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), existential, and many others. I dedicate the first session to listening to the client's struggles, concerns, and problems from their point of view. I answer their questions and provide a brief introduction to the therapeutic process. In the following sessions, I ask various questions that will help form a frame in which we can place all the different pieces in the client's life. I will provide tools to address their concerns and motivate them through their own steady progress. When necessary, I will assign homework to further assist clients in challenging distorted thinking and behavior.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I regularly attend seminars and take online courses to expand my knowledge about specific conditions that my clients are dealing with. I'm curious about new techniques and evidence-based treatments that will help my clients. I'm committed to learning and growing out of my comfort zone. I also attend therapy and supervision regularly to help me balance my personal life with my professional life.
“I'm an avid and patient learner, which helps me better understand the client's struggles within the context of their life.”