“I strongly believe that each person has their own inner-strength and motivation, which at times need to be reawoken; this is where I come in.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I chose to enter the field of psychotherapy since I have always felt an intrinsic passion for helping those in need and supporting people on an emotional level. I have worked in diverse settings all throughout social services. I started my career by working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and thereafter transitioned to working in both mental health and substance abuse community-based facilities. In recent years, I have supervised therapists in an outpatient mental health clinic and managed both outpatient and residential substance abuse facilities. Despite my clinical supervisory and managerial roles, I continued to provide individual therapy as a way to remain grounded, rooted in my passion for psychotherapy, and able to directly help those in need of support in mental health.
What should someone know about working with you?
I strongly believe that each person has their own inner-strength and motivation, which at times need to be reawoken; this is where I come in. When working with people, it's important to develop a plan where the person can visualize their own goals and what they are capable of changing in their lives to achieve their best mental health. I pride myself in helping people use alternative ways of looking at different situations in their lives that cause them distress and offering them unconditional and unbiased support so they are fully able to take control of their lives. I use a strengths-based approach to highlight the best in each individual while empowering them with control.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My clinical training program strongly emphasized cultural sensitivity. I strongly believe that each individual brings a part of their own culture into the therapeutic setting; it shapes their personality and oftentimes behavior in everyday life. I provide insight into a person's background that allows the individual to assess how their own culture shapes their thinking and behavior in everyday life. This strengths-based approach provides the person with the tools to use their own culture as a guiding path toward success in everyday life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
In my professional opinion, telehealth is an amazingly progressive way of conducting psychotherapy. Therapy has evolved with the help of technology, giving unparalleled accessibility, flexibility, and convenience that has never been seen in past generations. If you think about it, it’s truly remarkable. The "classic" client on the couch dynamic has been updated and shifted to a new level. With telehealth, the person can still be on the couch while receiving therapy but from the comfort of their own home, making it even easier to access help. This new dynamic might even encourage new seekers to take those first steps in getting help from the comfort of their home with complete anonymity.
“I pride myself in helping people use alternative ways of looking at different situations in their lives that cause them distress and offering them unconditional and unbiased support so they are fully able to take control of their lives.”