“What you can expect is an empathic, warm, and nonjudgmental approach with unconditional positive regard; my goal is to ensure my clients feel heard, understood, and safe.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a therapist, I had a career in the business industry, working with individuals who were seeking to grow and build their lives financially. While doing this work, I realized I was yearning to be a part of the growth and development of individuals, not only in the financial aspect of life but in the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects as well. I received my clinical training in a nonprofit agency that caters to individuals with substance use disorders and mental health disorders. I currently work at the same nonprofit agency as an adult program services coordinator, managing the adult therapeutic program in order to ensure clients are receiving quality care. In addition, I provide clinical services in the form of individual therapy and assessments. Through my experiences, I can say that every day I am honored to be a therapist and be able to be a part of the change and growth that my clients want in their lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
What you can expect is an empathic, warm, and nonjudgmental approach with unconditional positive regard; my goal is to ensure my clients feel heard, understood, and safe. In order for me to cater to a therapeutic approach and help accomplish these goals, I choose to collaborate with my clients to develop goals and identify needs and wants in therapy. My foundational therapeutic approaches are CBT, person-centered, and trauma-focused. As a therapist, I am humble and acknowledge that I may not have all of the answers, but I will do my best to help you find YOUR answers.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a believer that we are eternal students in the journey of life and there is always more to learn. That is why I make it my responsibility to continue to read, attend training, engage in personal clinical supervision, and complete continuing education in order to ensure I am providing quality therapeutic services with care and attention. The most important learning I have done in my therapeutic career is through my clients, as they are also my biggest and best teachers.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up in a household with first-generation immigrant parents, which has helped to shape my core values and contribute to my development as a therapist. Through my upbringing, I have learned about integrity and living an honest lifestyle in order to foster peace. I have learned that respect of self and others can build trust, rapport, and commitment in relationships. I have learned that empathy breeds the validation that all humans need and deserve in life’s journey. I have learned how to be flexible and assimilate different cultures in order to create a balanced lifestyle that not only stays true to the culture of the nation I grew up in but integrates the culture of my ancestors. These values are the foundation of my practice.
“As a therapist, I am humble and acknowledge that I may not have all of the answers, but I will do my best to help you find YOUR answers.”