“Witnessing people heal and change their lives for the better is very rewarding; it brings meaning into my work and I strive to be there for my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was always interested in people and the stories behind the choices they made in their lives. Growing up around people with mental health difficulties, I learned from a very young age to accept mental health pain as deep and strong as physical pain and recognize that kindness is healing. As a therapist, I continue to see how providing acceptance and unconditional understanding of another human being promotes healing from deep attachment injuries. In addition, expanding a client’s toolbox of skills can help with some practical issues, such as social functioning, communication difficulties, planning, obsessive tendencies, or emotional outbursts. I am trained in emotion-focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I call the first session an assessment; I ask many questions about the client's background and reasons they are seeking therapy at this moment. It is also a time for a client to assess whether we will be a good match and see if they feel a connection with me. During our work together, I usually invite the client to assess progress every three months and re-establish or update goals for therapy. Sometimes, I implement homework assignments, especially when practicing a certain skill. I mostly work with adults and couples and often implement family therapy sessions to address some core issues.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Witnessing people heal and change their lives for the better is very rewarding; it brings meaning into my work and I strive to be there for my clients. My own life journey as an immigrant and as a woman enhances my work. I make it a priority to continue my learning about cultural diversity and social justice; they speak to my heart and challenge me to be a better therapist and a better human in general.
“My own life journey as an immigrant and as a woman enhances my work.”