“I became a therapist so I could help people thrive instead of just surviving.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been the go-to person when my family or friends need support. As a child, I helped my immigrant parents translate documents and give advice to their close friends. Inspired by these experiences, I became a therapist so I could help people thrive instead of just surviving. My goal is to encourage individuals to accept themselves, while learning skills to enhance the quality of their lives. I meet each person where they are, and provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment. I employ a variety of therapeutic techniques and tailor them to each client's needs.
What should someone know about working with you?
During an intake session, I gather biopsychosocial information—then, as part of the treatment plan, we work together to create clear and measurable goals. I teach coping skills to support the client in managing his or her symptoms and give homework to build on the work we do in sessions. I also provide adult clients with remote services through teletherapy. I bring optimism and positive regard for my clients to each session—and I deeply enjoy supporting people on their journeys to living their most fulfilling lives.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try teletherapy?
If a client is hesitant to try teletherapy, I recommend that we meet in person first, if possible, in order to make sure that we’re a good fit. If we can’t meet in person, I recommend that the client and I talk about their concerns over the phone in order to address any obstacles they may foresee in our work together. In those conversations, I will also go over the HIPAA technology that I use in sessions to ensure that my clients’ information is always kept safe.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the increasing acceptance of mental health treatment in different settings. Workplaces are now offering EAP sessions to their employees, colleges and universities are linking students up with outside providers when their staff is not able to meet student needs, and teletherapy is available for individuals who aren’t able to attend in-person sessions. With more acceptance comes more options for people to get the help they need.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I use evidence-based mindfulness tools in my practice to support my clients in managing their ability to cope in stressful situations. I do this by helping my clients build mindfulness techniques in sessions and then providing them with handouts and psychoeducation materials so they can continue the work between sessions.
“I bring optimism and positive regard for my clients to each session—and I deeply enjoy supporting people on their journeys to living their most fulfilling lives.”