“I take an integrated approach to my practice, which means that I offer a combination of psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioral techniques.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist started early in life when I would assist my mother with my disabled older sister. Due to my mother’s limited proficiency in the English language, I would assist her by translating my sister’s needs to helping professionals. Later, in my early 20s, I began assisting individuals who struggled with an array of challenges that stemmed from chronic addiction. I then decided that helping people would be my vocation in life. I take an integrated approach to my practice, which means that I offer a combination of psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioral techniques. Furthermore, I believe that the method of practice depends on the needs of the individual and what they would like to see for themselves based on their identity, sexual orientation, culture, history, and their past and present experiences.
What should someone know about working with you?
I describe myself as someone who is wholly committed to assisting people in their personal journey with compassion and respect for their decision-making process. Anyone who has worked with me knows that the early stages of therapy include exploring and understanding why the client is seeking therapy. Initially, sessions are conducted once a week and I make every effort to accommodate times that are most convenient. I also provide a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals to explore every aspect of who they are and what they envision for themselves.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I welcome others in your support network to join in your process if you believe that it can enhance your experience in therapy. This may include friends, family members, or other care providers.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
The two things I would say to anyone who is hesitant about therapy is to try it at least once and to be curious about your life. I understand that it may not be easy to initiate a conversation with a helping professional; but I believe that seeing a therapist is not just about discussing difficult issues. It can also be about deepening your understanding about yourself and gaining a new perspective about your life.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I’ve investigated the impact of early intervention treatment for young people experiencing their first onset of psychosis. This research is particularly exciting because it examines the impact of integrative approaches in therapy. Currently, I am working on a qualitative study that examines the cultural experiences of families in community mental health settings. I believe my research has provided individuals that I serve ways to assess and achieve the unique goals that are created in the process of therapy.
“I describe myself as someone who is wholly committed to assisting people in their personal journey with compassion and respect for their decision-making process.”