“I believe strongly that the experiences of our lives need to be explored and examined to give us a better understanding of ourselves and our decisions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a child, I was often inquisitive about people's experiences and backgrounds but found that my environment didn’t model or facilitate how to express emotions effectively. As I indulged in learning about psychology, I realized how much the human brain, emotions, and thoughts interested me. I decided to pursue a career that would allow me to understand myself better and learn how to express my emotions while helping others to do the same. I believe strongly that the experiences of our lives need to be explored and examined to give us a better understanding of ourselves and our decisions. I live my life by these principles and I invite each client to explore this possibility in therapy. In many ways I believe that through the work with clients, I continue to heal pieces of myself.
What should someone know about working with you?
Feeling lonely, overwhelmed, and like life’s not worth it? Are you struggling to sleep and waking exhausted, disconnected, feeling worthless? All of this can impact your functioning and prevent you from living your life to the fullest. My down to earth and practical approach will help you feel supported and validated and guide you to explore your coping mechanisms and reinforce your strengths. While peeling off the layers of family dynamics without demonizing parents, we will re-create more positive tools to deal with anxiety and feelings of worthlessness.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My diverse and multicultural life allows me to be relatable, empathetic, and understanding of the complexities of life and modern society. Furthermore, my sense of humor helps clients feel at ease while we are working on getting to know each other and building a relationship.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am thrilled about the potential of teletherapy. It has allowed me to build my practice full time and support so many people during the pandemic. It has been an amazing opportunity to grow as a clinician and build on my skills thanks to working with many more clients. I envision telehealth becoming permanent and accessible to all clients in order to maintain consistency with self-care and simplify access to mental health care.
“My diverse and multicultural life allows me to be open, empathetic, and understanding of the complexities of life and society.”