“The most effective therapeutic relationships are rooted in trust, safety, and collaboration.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Coming from a multicultural family, I’ve always been interested in people’s stories - how their cultures, upbringings, and social contexts inform their identity. In college, I majored in sociology, studying the function and structure of populations in society. While I greatly enjoyed the work, it lacked the intimacy of individual connection. Psychology provided a space where I could establish that connection and learn about others in a deeply personal way. My clinical work began with children and adolescents, stemming from an interest in how cultural context and attachment inform development. This seemed like a natural link between how the individual connects to their world. My work has since broadened to include adults, but I continue to utilize attachment and cultural context as a lens to understand current concerns
What should someone know about working with you?
The most effective therapeutic relationships are rooted in trust, safety, and collaboration. With this in mind, I strive to create an environment where clients feel welcome to bring their entire selves into the room. The first few sessions typically look different from other sessions in that I will spend time getting to know you. I’ll want to learn about what’s bringing you in, your history, family, and broader story. After that, we will work together to explore how to shift patterns that no longer serve you while investing in your strengths. That work might entail building insight into various elements of your life, as well as utilizing skills to manage the more difficult aspects of emotions or day-to-day stressors. Starting therapy can be overwhelming! My job is to serve as a guide for you as you embark on the journey of understanding yourself more fully.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Over the last decade or so, there has been a huge cultural shift in the understanding of mental health. This has had significant consequences for the field, as well as for those suffering from mental health related issues. With a cultural shift toward recognizing the importance of treating mental health, we’ve seen access to care improve, innovations in how we treat presenting problems, and a decrease in the stigma around what mental health issues mean. I’m excited to see this trend continue. It’s birthed creativity and flexibility around how we treat mental health issues that will have long-term consequences for individuals and populations in society. While we still have a long way to go, mental health care has become more normalized than I’ve ever seen. That’s pretty exciting to me!
“I strive to create an environment where clients feel welcome to bring their entire selves into the room.”