“I take the time to get to know the client better by asking for a brief history of life experiences, relationships with others, and feelings about self as well as others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been curious about mental health for two reasons: 1) Mental illness was not recognized in my culture, and 2) I had a desire to learn about my own mental health and wellbeing. I am a natural helper and most of my friends call me for assistance with personal issues. During my time in undergrad, I briefly toyed with the idea of becoming a doctor or nurse, as anything pertaining to psychology or social work was frowned upon in my culture. Those pursuits led nowhere and only fueled and solidified my passion for psychiatry.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am compassionate and relatable. My intake process consists of me asking the client to give me an overview of why they decided to go into treatment. I take the time to get to know the client better by asking for a brief history of life experiences, relationships with others, and feelings about self as well as others. Progress is different for everyone and I aim to meet the client where they are.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I take a number of CE courses to help me stay updated and abreast of current events. Most recently, I have been pursuing courses in psychology and nutrition.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up being taught that mental illness was not something that was talked about so I am always very aware of a client's feelings while seeking help. I explore any hint of guilt or shame that the client may be feeling before moving forward.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that the mental health field is making more of an effort to recognize individuals in the LGBTQQIP2SAA communities.
“Progress is different for everyone and I aim to meet the client where they are.”